Saint Elgiva of Shaftesbury

Also known as

  • Aelfgifu
  • Aelgifu
  • Aelgytha
  • Algyva
  • Elfgiva



Queen; wife of King Edmund I. Mother of King Edwy of Saxony, and Saint Edgar the Peaceful. Widowed young. Known all her life for her personal piety and support of the Church, endowing several churches and monasteries Later in life she retired to become a Benedictine nun and then abbess at Shaftesbury, England.


  • 971 of natural causes
  • buried in Shaftesbury Abbey


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Elgiva of Shaftesbury“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 November 2012. Web. 18 January 2022. <>