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St Winifred

(d. c. 650)


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(d. c.650),

patron saint of N. Wales. According to late legends, she was a fair maiden sought in marriage by Prince Caradog of Hawarden; refusing his advances, she was wounded (or killed) by him, but miraculously healed (or restored to life) by her uncle, St Beuno. A spring marked the scene, at the present Holywell, Flintshire; here she established a nunnery and became abbess. Feast day, 3 Nov.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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