Mildthryth

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Saint Mildthryth
Mildred von Minster.jpg
Born unknown
Died unknown
Minster-in-Thanet
Major shrine

formerly Minster-in-Thanet

St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury
Feast 13 July
St Mildred, Preston next Wingham, Kent

Saint Mildthryth (Old English: Mildþrȳð; floruit 694–716x733), also Mildrith, Mildryth or Mildred, was an Anglo-Saxon abbess.

Mildthryth was the daughter of King Merewalh of Magonsaete, a sub-kingdom of Mercia, and Eormenburh (Saint Eormenburga),[1] herself the daughter of King Æthelberht of Kent, and as such appearing in the so-called Kentish royal legend.

Her sisters Milburh (Saint Milburga of Much Wenlock) and Mildgytha (Saint Mildgyth) were also considered saints. Goscelin, probably relying on a now-lost history of the rulers of the Kingdom of Kent,[citation needed] wrote a hagiography of Mildthryth.[citation needed]

Mildthryth's maternal family had close ties to the Merovingian rulers of Gaul, and Mildthryth is said to have been educated at the prestigious Merovingian royal abbey of Chelles.[1] She entered the abbey of Minster-in-Thanet, which her mother had earlier established, and of which she became abbess by 694. Suggesting that ties to Gaul were maintained, a number of dedications to Mildthryth exist in the Pas-de-Calais, including at Millam. Mildthryth died at Minster-in-Thanet and was buried there.

Her remains were transferred to St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury in 1030,[1] the transfer is commemorated on 18 May. Mildthryth was apparently followed as abbess by Edburga of Minster-in-Thanet, correspondent of Saint Boniface.

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  • Brooks, Beda: The world of Saint Mildred, c. 660- 730. A study of an Anglo-Saxon nun in the golden age of the English Church, Bath 1996, ISBN 1-898663-08-4.
  • Rollason, David W.: The Mildrith legend. A study in early Medieval hagiography in England, Leicester 1982, ISBN 0-7185-1201-4.

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