A handsome, but wretched head.

History Witch

Eadburh

She’s no Bathory, but still an interesting story.

Eadburh (also Eadburg, Edburga) was the daughter of King Offa of Mercia and Queen Cynethryth. She became queen by her marriage to King Beorhtric of Wessex in 789.

It is said that she “accidentally” poisoned her husband and fled to Francia- there, Charlemagne asked her if she’d like to marry him, or his son. When chose his son (because of his youth) Charlemagne said “because you didn’t choose me, you shall have neither.” (or something along those lines.)

Instead- she became the abbess of a convent.

However, even at the abbey she managed to find trouble and was accused of “fornicating with an English exile”. So… she was then expelled from the abbey. But there’s more.

According to some creepy welsh monk named John Asser:

“This Queen Edburga was a handsome murderess, who poisoned people when they offended her. One day she mixed…

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