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Æbbe the Younger : biography

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For the earlier Abbess of Coldingham, see Æbbe the Elder.

Saint Æbbe of Coldingham [also Ebbe, Aebbe, Abb], sometimes styled as "the Younger", (died 870) was an Abbess of Coldingham Priory in south-east Scotland.

She is best known for a Pyrrhic act of self-mutilation to avoid rape by Viking invaders: according to a ninth-century chronicle, she took a razor and cut off her nose in front of the nuns, who followed her example.

Their appearance so disgusted the invaders that the women were saved from rape but not from death. The Danes soon returned and set fire to the convent and the entire monastic community perished.

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