b. c. 710, probably in the kingdom of Wessex, Eng.
d. Feb. 25, 779, Heidenheim, Alemannia [now in Germany]; feast day February 25
also called WALDBURG, WALPURGIS, VAUBOURG, OR GAUBURGE, abbess and missionary who, with her brothers Willibald of Eichstätt and Winebald of Heidenheim, was important in St. Boniface's organization of the Frankish church.
Buried at Heidenheim, her body was later moved and interred in the Church of the Holy Cross at Eichstätt. Soon after her death, memory of her seems to have become confused with that of Waldborg, a pre-Christian fertility goddess. On Walpurgis Night--the eve of May 1, the day on which her relics were taken to Eichstätt--witches are believed to rendezvous in the Harz mountains.