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Æthelthryth (also Etheldreda, Ediltrudis, Audrey or Awdrey) (c. 630 - June 23, 679) was a popular Anglo-Saxon saint. She was probably born at Exning, near Newmarket in Suffolk, a daughter of Anna, King of East Anglia. She made an early first marriage (abt. 652) to Tondberct, chief of the South Gyrvians, but is alleged to have remained a virgin until her husband's death in 655, whereupon she retired to the Isle of Ely. Events Muhammad captures Mecca (January). ... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... Events Adamnan becomes abbot of the monastery on Iona. ... The Anglo-Saxons refers collectively to the groups of Germanic tribes who achieved dominance in southern Britain from the mid-5th century, forming the basis for the modern English nation. ... General definition of saint In general, the term Saint refers to someone who is exceptionally virtuous and holy. ... This article is about the English town. ... This article is about the English county. ... Anna (d. ... Norfolk and Suffolk, the core area of East Anglia. ... Events Khazaria becomes an independent state (approximate date) Rodoald succeeds his father Rothari as king of the Lombards Births Clotaire III, king of the Franks Deaths Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib, uncle of Muhammed, progenitor of the Abbasids Saint Ida of Nivelles, widow of Pippin of Landen, monastic foundress Rothari... Categories: UK geography stubs | Cambridgeshire | English islands ...

She then married Ecgfrith, King of Northumbria, but took the veil shortly after Ecgfrith's accession to the throne, a step which possibly led to his long quarrel with Wilfrid archbishop of York. One account holds that while Ecgfrith initially agreed that she should continue to be chaste, in about 672, he wished to consummate their marriage, and even attempted to bribe Wilfrid to use his influence on the queen to convince her. Ecgfrith married a second wife, Eormenburg, before 678, the year in which he expelled Wilfrid from his kingdom. Ecgfrith (645–May 20, 685) was the King of Northumbria from 670 until his death. ... Northumbria is primarily the name of an Anglian or Anglo-Saxon kingdom which was formed in Great Britain at the beginning of the 7th century, and of the earldom which succeeded the kingdom. ... Wilfrid (c. ... York is a city in Northern England, built at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. ... Events April 11 - Adeodatus succeeds Vitalian as Pope. ... Events Pope Agatho succeeds Pope Donus. ...

According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, she founded the monastery at Ely in 673. Bede tells how after her death, her bones were disinterred by her sister and successor, Abbess Seaxburh, and buried in a white, marble coffin from Cambridge. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of (mainly) secondary source documents narrating the history of the Anglo-Saxons and their settlement in Britain. ... Buddhist monastery near Tibet A monastery is the habitation of monks. ... There are other places also called Ely. ... Events Hlothhere becomes king of Kent Maelduin becomes King of Dalriada Foundation of Ely, England Births Bede, English monk, writer and historian (or 672) Deaths Childeric II, Frankish king of Austrasia, Neustria and Burgundy Domangart II, King of Dalriada General Kim Yu-shin of Silla Heads of states Japan - Temmu... Depiction of Bede from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493 Bede (Latin Beda), also known as Saint Bede or, more commonly, the Venerable Bede (c. ...

The common version of Etheldreda's name was St. Awdrey, which is the origin of the word tawdry - because cheap souvenirs were sold at an annual fair held in her name in Ely.

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