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Bega [St Bega] (supp. fl. late 7th cent.), abbess of Hartlepool, was a legendary Irish saint, supposedly active in northern England in the seventh century. Her life and miracles are described in an anonymous account, probably written at the priory of St Bees...

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Brigit [St Brigit, Brigid] (439/452–524/526), patron saint of Kildare, is the only native Irish saint to enjoy a widespread cult in all the Celtic countries. About the events of her life little can be said, since the earliest sources come from more than a century after her supposed death, on 1 February in either 524 or 526, and were in any case interested in miracle stories rather than biographical detail. Her early cult is, however, among the most influential and the most interesting of any saint in ...

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Gwenfrewi [St Gwenfrewi, Winefrith, Winifred] (fl. c. 650), nun, is the patron of Holywell and Gwytherin. Her relics were translated to Shrewsbury in 1138, but even before that date she appears to have had an English as well as a Welsh cult. The form of her name given in Latin texts, even in the strongly Welsh ...

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Moninne [St Moninne, Darerca] (d. 517), nun, was an Irish saint who has been identified with St Modwenna of Burton [see below]. According to the life of the saint contained in the fourteenth-century Codex Salmanticensis, which appears to preserve the earliest account, ...

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Ursula [St Ursula] (fl. mid-5th cent.), martyr, was venerated at Cologne, but is traditionally supposed to be of British birth. Although various legends—vitae, passiones, miracula, accounts of translations—form the predominant body of source material, there does exist a concrete object with which consideration of ...