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Æbbe the Younger


Saint Æbbe of Coldingham
Born Unknown
Died April 2, 870
Coldingham Monastery, Scotland
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Feast April 2

For the earlier Abbess of Coldingham, see Æbbe the Elder.

Saint Æbbe of Coldingham [also Ebbe, Aebbe, Abb], sometimes styled as "the Younger", (died 870) was an Abbess of Coldingham Priory in south-east Scotland.

She is best known for a Pyrrhic act of self-mutilation to avoid rape by Viking invaders: according to a ninth-century chronicle, she took a razor and cut off her nose in front of the nuns, who followed her example.[1]

Their appearance so disgusted the invaders that the women were saved from rape but not from death. The Danes soon returned and set fire to the convent and the entire monastic community perished.[2]


Æbbe the Younger References


  1. ^ Bartlett, Anne Clark (1995). Male Authors, Female Readers: Representation and Subjectivity in Middle English Devotional Literature. Cornell UP. p. 39. ISBN 9780801430381. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "St. Ebba the Younger, Martyr, of Coldhingham, Northumbria". Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 

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