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Etheldreda

b. circa 636, Exning, Suffolk, England; d. 679, Ely, England

Etheldreda (Aethelthryth, Audrey) was born in eastern England, the daughter of King Anna of East Anglia. She married twice and in both marriages was said to have kept a vow of virginity, to the extent that she fled to a convent when her second husband tried to force a consummation of their marriage. In 673, she founded a monastery in the city of Ely, and many of her relatives and descendants followed her as its abbesses until the monastery was destroyed by the Danes in 870.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography
Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

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