Published: May 30, 2019

Portrait of Saint Ursula (1523) by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 - 1543)

Portrait of Saint Ursula (1523) by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 - 1543)

Saint Ursula is the heroine of the Christian legend, widespread in the Middle Ages in Western European countries.

According to legend, Ursula, the daughter of the British king, was famous for beauty, wisdom and truthfulness. She wanted to avoid a marriage that she hated and at the same time protect her father from the threats of a powerful claimant to her hand. Therefore, Ursula agreed to marry, but only after three years and provided that the groom accepted Christianity.

Then Ursula went with her retinue to Rome. On the way, Ursula was joined by virgins who dedicated themselves, like her, to Christ. Their number reached 11 thousand. In Rome, the Pope received Ursula. He found out about the martyrdom that awaited her and her companions and wished to share it with the virgins. Dad told everyone about his decision and solemnly resigned, and then joined the wanderers.

On the way back under Cologne, the Huns attacked the pilgrims. They hated Christianity, learned with indignation about the decision of the virgins to take a vow of celibacy, and then the Huns killed everyone. Ursula was the last to die because she refused to become the wife of the Hun leader who was captivated by her beauty.



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