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virgin. Of supposed Irish royal origin and pagan upbringing, she left her country rather than marry a man of her parent's choice. She then became a solitary in a wood near the river Loire with a maid called Aclitenis. She was discovered through a wild boar taking refuge with her during a hunt. The bishop arrived, persuaded her to receive Christian instruction and baptism, and be consecrated as a virgin. A rustic was deputed to make her a garden to provide subsistence; but he was led astray by a devil, who entered a pact with him to tempt Osmanna into sin. But by her prayer she healed the blindness with which he had been stricken. She also cured the wife and daughter of the king of Spain who happened to be in the neighbourhood. Osmanna died on 9 September, her feast. This tale finds a place in N.L.A. (and so in this volume), presumably because of the saint's Irish origin. There seems no sure guarantee of Osmanna's historical existence.

AA.SS. Sept. III (1750), 422 ff.; N.L.A., ii. 237–9.

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