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Hygeburg

Flourished mid- to late 8th century, Heidenheim, Germany

The English nun Hygeburg (Hugeburc) lived in a monastery at Heidenheim that had been founded by her relatives, the missionaries Willibald and Wynnebald. She arrived at the monastery in 761, shortly after Abbot Wynnebald’s death. Around 778, she wrote a vita (life) of both men. The Vita Willibaldis incorporates a travelogue, the Hodoeporicon, a vivid account of Willibald’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem via Constantinople and Rome from 723 to 729.