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Feastday: September 12
Death: 640

Abbess and foundress of a Benedictine convent, sometimes called Eanswith. She was the daughter of a king of Kent and the granddaughter of St. Ethelbert. She refused to marry a pagan Northumbrian prince and founded a convent at Folkestone in Kent, England, about 630. She remained there until her death on August 31. When the convent church that had been destroyed by Danes was restored in 1885, her relics were discovered. In liturgical art Eanswida is depicted as a nun, crowned and holding a church or a fish.


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