ST. PEGA, V.
SHE was sister to St. Guthlack, the famous hermit
of Croyland, and though of the royal blood of the Mercian kings,
forsook the world, and led an austere retired life in the country
which afterwards bore her name, in Northamptonshire, at a distance
from her holy brother. Some time after his death she went to Rome,
and there slept in the Lord, about the year 719. Ordericus Vitalis
says, her relics were honored with miracles, and kept in a church
which bore her name at Rome, but this church is not now known. From
one in Northamptonshire, a village still retains the name of
Peagkirk, vulgarly Pequirk; she was also titular saint of a church
and monastery in Pegeland, which St. Edward the Confessor united to
Croyland. She is called St. Pee in Northamptonshire, and St. Pege at
Croyland. See Ingulph. et Ord. Vitalis,1. 4. Florence of Worcester,
ad ann. 714. Harpsfield, sæc. 8, c. 19.
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