New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Etheldreda

stained glass window of Saint Etheldreda by Edward Nuttgens, east side, Saint Etheldreda's Catholic church, City of London, England; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Father Lawrence Lew, OPArticle

(Audry) Virgin (c.630-679), Queen of Northumbria. She founded the minster of Ely, built on an estate which had been given to her by her first husband Tonbert, with whom she had never lived in wedlock. Her second husband, Egfrid, King of Northumbria, at first respected her desire to lead a religious life, but later he insisted on his rights, and fear of being carried off by him drove her to Ely. Certain lands at Hexham which were the king’s gift to her she gave through Saint Wilfrid of York to found the minster of Saint Andrew. Represented with a crown at her feet. Her hand is venerated in the church of Saint Etheldreda, Ely Place, London. Feast, 23 June.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Etheldreda”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 July 2012. Web. 21 January 2019. <>