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By early medieval standards, Saint Walburga had a cushy lifestyle at the double monastery of Wimbourne.

Well, strictly following the Rule of Saint Benedict is hardly a life of luxury, but this daughter of a West Saxon under-king was in a safe place and could be reasonably certain of when she would eat. She would pray at the bells, pursue her studies, and do chores assigned to her.

But when she was in her late 30s, far from young by the standards of her time, her maternal uncle Saint Boniface asked her and other nuns to uproot their lives for the sake of Christianity in today’s Germany.

For more about Walburga, read my post on English Historical Fiction Authors.

Saint Walburga

A 19th century painting of St. Walburga (public domain image via Wikimedia Commons).