St Richard of Wessex and his wife St. Wuna of Wessex
Richard and Wuna were the parents of Willibald, Winnibald, and Walpurga, who also saints. He was taken ill and died whilst on pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his sons and was buried in the Church of San Frediano in Lucca. Richard was venerated by the people of Lucca and reports were made of miracles happening at his tomb. They referred to him as a Prince of England but he wasn’t, neither was he a Duke of Swabia. Miracles were reported at his tomb and he was venerated by the people of Lucca who embellished accounts of his life, calling him a prince of the English. The Church of St Ricarius in Aberford is dedicated to him, and is the only British church so named so.
His daughter Walpurga became a nun in the double monastery founded by Willibald of Heidenheim am Hahnenkamm. She became the abbess and superintendent of the Heidenheim monastery. Her education at Wimborne Abbey in Dorset, meant she was able to write, in Latin, Winibald’s vita and also an account of his travels in Palestine. Walpurga is often referred to as the first female author of both England and Germany. Walpurga’s Night is named after her.