The Brother and Sister of St Willibald
Trans. Devon. Assoc. 1891, Vol XXIII, pp. 225-238.
The Rev Canon Brownlow, M.A.
Prepared by Michael Steer
The paper was presented at the Association’s Tiverton meeting, July 1891. Canon Brownlow in an earlier TDA article, claims St. Willibald as a Devonshire worthy, and in the present article makes the same claim for Willibald’s brother Winebald or Wunebald, and his sister Walburga. Like St. Willibald, they both left their native land and devoted their lives, at the invitation of their uncle St. Boniface, to the conversion and civilization of the Germans. Winibald was abbot of the Benedictine monasteries of Heidenheim am Hahnenkamm. His father was a West Saxon nobleman, Saint Richard the Pilgrim; his mother was Saint Wuna of Wessex. Walpurga's feast day is 25 February, but the day of her canonization, 1 May, was also celebrated during the high medieval period, especially in the 11th century under the Archbishop of Cologne, so that Walpurgis Night is the eve of May Day, celebrated in continental folklore with dancing. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.
|Boniface, Saint||225-7, 229-30, 232-3, 235-6|
|Cuthburga, Queen||228, 231|
|Ethelburga, Queen||226, 228|
|Gregory III, Pope||226|
|Ine, King||226, 228, 231|
|Liobgytha (Lioba), Saint||229-30, 232-6|
|Martel, Charles, Ruler||226|
|Richard, Saint||226, 232|
|Tetta, Saint. Abbess||231-2|
|Walburga||225, 228, 232-3, 236-8|
|Willibald, Saint||225, 232, 236-7|
|Winebald, Saint (Wunebald)||225-8, 232, 236-7|