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St. Ursula
(Born c.AD 305)
(Welsh: Ursula; Latin: Ursula; English: Ursula)

Though there are no ancient dedications to her in Britain, Ursula is said to have been a British Princess. After her father, 'King' Donaut, agreed to her marriage with Governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica (Brittany), she set sail to join him along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens. However, a miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, where Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. Together, the British maidens headed for Rome where Ursula persuaded Pope Cyriacus and Sulpicius, Bishop of Ravenna to join her happy band of followers. She was later welcomed Pantulus, Bishop of Basle & Jaques, Bishop of Liège, and 'King' Ethereus arrived from Britain with Prince Conan himself. Together, they set out for Cologne which was being besieged by Huns. In a dreadful massacre, the Huns beheaded all the virgins and, with bow & arrow, their leader shot St. Ursula dead. Ursula and her virgins were buried in Cologne where a great church is dedicated to her. Conan, her husband, apparently survived.

Generally considered legendary.


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