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Gwen Teirbron of Brittany


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(date unknown).

She was reputedly married twice and the mother of Winwaloe, Gwethenoc, and James. Called three-breasted, she was represented as such in Breton folk-art. It has been conjectured that she should be identified with Whyte (or Candida). The word Gwen means ‘white’, Athelstan gave relics of various Breton saints to English churches; sculptures at Whitchurch (meaning ‘the Church of Wite’) represent a ship, pike, and axe, which may refer to characteristic elements in her incredible legend. Feast: 1 June (Roscarrock).

Baring-Gould and Fisher, iii. 166–71.

Subjects: Christianity.


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