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Who was this eighth-century woman who gave up the crown in Northumbria, returned to her homeland of Wessex, and founded a double monastery that became training grounds for female missionaries sent to the Continent?

In other words, who was Saint Cuthburga?

My research into a woman whose monastery’s alumnae would influence my characters’ world yielded contradictory and confusing information. Cuthburga was married to a king but manuscripts written centuries after her death say she was a virgin. There are even different accounts of where she went in the afterlife.

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