ST. ETHELDRITHA, VIRGIN CALLED ALSO ALFRIDA
SHE was daughter of Off a king of the Mercians in
England, and of queen Quindreda. Having refused to marry Ethelbert
king of the East-angles, from an ardent desire of consecrating
herself entirely to God, she quitted the court, and retired to a
small cell near Croyland in Lincolnshire, where she lived during the
space of forty years. Several miracles gave testimony of her eminent
sanctity; and assiduous prayer, accompanied with the practice of
other Christian virtues, rendered her worthy of the society of
angels, to which God was pleased to remove her about the year 834.
Her relics were lost during the ravages of the Danes. See her acts;
also Ingulphus Bromton. and F. Bosch the Bollandist, t. 1, Aug. p.