Wulfhilda of Barking
Wulfhilda was born in 940. The daughter of a Wessex nobleman named Wulfhelm, she was raised and educated by Benedictine nuns and joined their community when she became of age. Around 970, she was appointed as abbess of Barking Abbey by Edgar the Peaceful. Under Wulfhilda's leadership, the monastery flourished and was greatly expanded.
According to Goscelin of Saint-Bertin, the nuns at Barking laid complaints against their abbess Wulfhilda, and the English queen Ælfthryth deposed her, only to reinstate her twenty years later. The demotion might have been the result of jealousy as Ælfthryth's husband Edgar may have had romantic interest in Wulfhilda.
- Wulfhild 2 at Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England
- Yorke, Barbara (2004). "Wulfhild [St Wulfhild] (d. after 996)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
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