A wondeful example of a sainted bearded lady?
Unfortunately, she may also be an example of a ‘saint’ whose biography is more popular fiction than recorded history. Still, she is listed in the standard catholic reference works, and has had an official feast day, as well as bewildering array of aliases, among them Liberata, Kummernis, Uncumber, and Livrade, Of the biographical details, take them as you will. For what it is worth, the legend says that she was the daughter of a king, who had taken a vow of virginity. When her father wanted to marry her off to the King of Sicily, she prayed for deliverance from this evil fate. Whereupon she grew a beard. What self-respecting king would want to marry a bearded princess? Her father was said to be so enraged at this that he had her crucified. This may be the reason she bacem known as the patron saint of difficult marriages – but crucifixion seems an extreme way to end one.
Modern sceptical scholars suggest that the story of her beard and crucixion are sheer invention. Spoilsports! Why let facts get in the way of a good story? Sadly, her “cult was supressed and she was dropped from the calendar in 1969”.
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