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I hope you don't mind my adding St. Anianus (also known as Aignan), Bishop of Orléans, d. 453. His feast day was included in the ninth-century martyrology compiled by Usuard, a monk at Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Regards, Marina Vidas
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Subject: [M-R] saints of the day 17. November


> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
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> Today (17. November) is the feast day of:
> 
> Dionysios the Great of Alexandria (d. 264/265)  Dionysius was born in c.
> 170 in Egypt.  He became a student of Origen, and later head of the
> Alexandian school.  Dionysios became bishop of Alexandria in 247/48.  He
> fled from Decius persecution, and only returned after several years. When
> he returned, fought the rest of his life to spread Christianity and
> establish the Alexandria community on a firmer footing.
> 
> Gregory the Thaumaturge (d. c. 272)  Gregory was born in c. 213 in Caesarea
> on the Black Sea.  In the mid-third century he became the first bishop of
> the city.  Later accounts tell of the many miracles that he worked.
> Several of his writings are also extant, including what may have been the
> earliest Christian autobiography.
> 
> Acislus and Victoria of Cordoba (d. c. 304/305)  According to legend, the
> siblings Victoria and Acisclus were martyred in Diocletian's persecution.
> Aciscius became a major saint of Cordoba; Victioria appears to have been
> largely forgotten.
> 
> Gregory of Tours (d. 594)  Gregory became bishop of Tours in 573.  He
> served very actively, building a new basilica over the tomb of St. Martin
> (who may or may not be the patron saint of France).  He is most famous as
> an author, especially for his History of the Franks.
> 
> Hilda of Whitby (d. 680)  Hilda was born in 614, a relative of King Edwin.
> In 614 she was baptized, and in 647 entered the convent of Hartlepool,
> becoming abbess in 649.  In 657 Hilda founded the great double monastery of
> Whitby.  She won a great reputation of patroness of culture and education,
> but is most famous for hosting the synod of Whitby.
> 
> Elisabeth of Thuringia (d. 1231)  Elisabeth, born in 1207, was the daugher
> of Hungarian king Andrew II and his queen, Gertrude.  Elisabeth was
> betrothed to the landgrave of Thuringia, Ludwig IV, at the age of 4, and
> married him in 1221.  The marriage produced three children.  Elisabeth
> cared intensively for her family and for the poor, and also supported the
> Franciscan order.  Mocked by the nobles of Thuringia for her very visible
> piety, Elisabeth's husband defended and supported her---but after Ludwig
> died in 1227 on crusade, his brother drove Elisabeth from court and robbed
> her of her dower rights.  She resettled in Marburg, where she founded a
> hospital, becoming a Franciscan tertiary and giving up care of her
> children.  After her early death, her cult spread rapidly; Elisabeth was
> canonized in May of 1235.
> 
> Salomea (blessed) (d. 1268)  Salomea, the daughter of the duke of Cracow,
> was born in c. 1210.  She married a Hungarian prince, but the couple lived
> chastely together.  After her husband's death, Salomea joined the Clarissan
> order.
> 
> Gertrude the Great of Helfta (d. c. 1301/1302)  Although never formally
> canonized, Gertrude was added to the Roman martyrology in the seventeenth
> century.  Gertrude entered the nunnery of Helfta in 1256, at the age of
> five.  In 1281 she had her first vision, and from that time until her death
> lived a deeply visionary and mystical life.  From 1289 on, Gertrude
> committed her mystical experiences to writing.
> 
> Dr. Phyllis G. Jestice
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