ST. MILBURGE, V.
See Malmesb.1. 2, Regibus, &1. 4, do Pontif.
Angl. c. 3. Thorn’s Chron. Capgrave Harpsfield, &c.
ST. MILBURGE was sister to St. Mildred, and
daughter of Merowald, son of Penda, king of Mercia. Having dedicated
herself to God in a religious state, she was chosen abbess of
Wenlock, in Shropshire, which house she rendered a true paradise of
all virtue. The more she humbled herself, the more she was exalted by
God; and while she preferred sackcloth to purple and diadems, she
became the invisible glory of heaven. The love of purity of heart and
holy peace were the subject of her dying exhortation to her dear
sisters. She closed her mortal pilgrimage about the end of the
seventh century. Malmesbury and Harpsfield write, that many miracles
accompanied the translation of her relics, in 1101, on the 26th of
May; which Capgrave and Mabillon mistake for the day of her death:
but Harpsfield, who had seen the best ancient English manuscripts,
assures us that she died on the 23d of February, which is confirmed
by all the manuscript additions to the Martyrologies of Bede and
others, in which her name occurs, which are followed by the Roman on
this day. The abbey of Wenlock was destroyed by the Danes: but a
monastery of Cluni monks was afterwards erected upon the same spot,
by whom her remains were discovered in a vault in 1101, as
Malmesbury, who wrote not long after, relates.