“Abbess Seaxburg writes that when the plague arrived, Etheldreda predicted she and several sisters would die. She had a painful tumor on her jaw and claimed it was because of her vanity in the past.”
Elfleda gives me a questioning look.
“Etheldreda kept many austerities,” I explain, “but couldn’t refrain from wearing her gold torc. I see the connection, but I doubt her jewelry caused her death. What else?”
“She asked to be buried with the other sisters who would die, and so she was.”
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