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Genevieve (Sainte Geneviève, Sankt Genovefa)

Born: 422 AD
Died: 512 AD, at 90 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Saint


422 - Born in Nanterre, France. The patron saint of Paris, who allegedly saved that city from the Huns.

429 - When she was seven, Geneviève was induced by Bishop St. Germain of Auxerre to dedicate herself to the religious life.

451 - When Attila threatened Paris, she persuaded the inhabitants to remain, assuring them that the attack would be inconsequential; Attila's army went on to Orléans, 70 miles (110 km) from Paris, and was defeated.

460 - Geneviève is reported to have had great influence over King Childeric I of the Salian Franks and to have had a church built over the tomb of Saint Denis, patron saint of France.

512 - Geneviève died in 512. She was buried in the Church of the Holy Apostles, popularly known as the Church of Sainte-Geneviève.


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