Begu, nun in Bede HE

Introduction

According to Bede, Begu was a nun who saw a vision of the death of Hilda, the founder of Whitby and Hackness (HE, iv.23). In c 1125 her remains were claimed to have been found at Hackness; they were translated to Whitby. Miracles were claimed to have occurred both at Whitby and at St Bees in Cumbria. ODS, 48. The author of the Life of the saint of St Bees in Cumbria claims that the nun Begu, described by Bede, lies behind the saint of St Bees, but this is not certain.

Gender

Female

Associated places

Hackness, North Yorkshire, England

Territory or Ethnicity (broad)

Anglo-Saxon

Source for saint

Source

‘St Bega – myth, maiden, or bracelet? An Insular cult and its origins’

Notes

Downham, C., 2007, ‘St Bega – myth, maiden, or bracelet? An Insular cult and its origins’ in Journal of Medieval History 33 (2007), 33-42.

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Begu, Bega, Baya (ns) (certain)

Same as Baya (possible)

Same as Bega of St Bees (possible)

Related Personal Names

Name

Begu (certain)

Source

Bede: Ecclesiastical History of the English People