Frideswide, Abbess of Oxford

19 October -- Commemoration
If celebrated as a Lesser Festival, Common of Religious, page 494

Born in about the year 680, Frideswide was the daughter of a Mercian king who built and endowed a double monastery of which she became the first abbess. She was buried in her monastery, which became the nucleus of the nascent town of Oxford. Her cult was strengthened by her being formally adopted as the patron of Oxford University in the early fifteenth century. However, in the sixteenth century, Cardinal Wolsey suppressed Frideswide's monastery to provide revenues for his Cardinal College (now Christ Church), built on the same site. More recently, part of the shrine has been reconstructed from remains discovered in a well at Christ Church, a reminder of the abbess around whose monastery grew the city and university of Oxford.