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St. Cunethrith of Castor, Abbess of Castor
(Died c.AD 710)

Princess Cunethrith was the youngest daughter of the heathen King Penda of Mercia. She and her sister, Cuneswith, were supposed to have still been quite young when their father died in AD 655. They early consecrated themselves to God, being brought up in their elder sister Cuneburgaís monastery of Castor. She is probably the Abbess Cunethrith to whom, in AD 709, was sent the miracle-working silken robe in which the body of St. Wilfrid had lain. She died on 6th March or 31st May around AD 710.

Edited from Agnes Dunbar's "A Dictionary of Saintly Women" (1904).


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