The occasion of the present Life is the publication of the Acta Sanctae Wenefrede, Virginis, by the Bollandist Fathers, S.J. These Acts have been compiled with the greatest care, and after minute research into all available sources of information. Some of the results of these investigations are given in the following pages without wearying the reader by references to authorities. These are all given in the original Acts. The Life by Robert of Shrewsbury, given here in full, was published in English in 1635, by a Father of the Society of Jesus, but it is now hardly to be met with, and the style is very antiquated.