Ælfthryth of Crowland
|Saint Ælfthryth of Crowland|
|Roman Catholic Church|
According to a late and not very trustworthy legend she was betrothed to Saint Æthelberht, but when he came to the court of Offa to claim her, he was treacherously murdered by the contrivance of Cynethryth, Offa's queen.
After this Ælfthryth retired to the marshes of Crowland Abbey, where she was built into a cell and lived as a recluse to the end of her days. It is impossible not to suspect the existence of some confusion with Ælfleda, another daughter of Offa, whose husband was also murdered by treachery.