ST. EDELBURGA, V.
SHE was daughter to Anna king of the East Angles,
and out of a desire of attaining to Christian perfection, went into
France, and there consecrated herself to God in the monastery of
Faremoutier, in the forest of Brie, in the government of which she
succeeded its foundress St. Fara. After her death her body remained
uncorrupt, as Bede testifies.3 She is honored in the Roman, French,
and English Martyrologies on this day.* In these latter her niece St.
Earcongota is named with her. She was daughter to Earconbercht king
of Kent, and of St. Sexburga; accompanied St. Edelburga to
Faremoutier, and there taking the veil with her, lived a great
example of all virtues, and was honored after her happy death by many
miracles, as Bede relates. Hereswide, the wife of king Anna, the
mother of many saints, after the death of her husband, retired also
into France, and consecrated herself to God in the famous monastery
of Cale or Chelles, five leagues from Paris, near the marne (founded
by St. Clotilda, but chiefly endowed by St. Bathildes), where she
persevered, advancing daily in holy fervor to her happy death. See
the history of the monastery of Chelles in the sixth tome of the late
history of the diocess of Paris, by Abbé Lebeuf, and Solier on
this day, p. 481, &c.