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Saint Menefrida

Saint Menefrida is the 5th-century Cornish saint associated with the parish of St Minver, near the Camel estuary in Cornwall, England.[1] Alternative spellings of her name include Menefreda, Menwreda, Menfre, Mynfreda and Minefreda. At the time of King Henry VIII the parish was known as St. Menifryde.[2]

Saint Menefrida
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The church of Saint Menefrida, St Minver, Cornwall
Nationality British
Other names Menefreda, Menwreda, Menfre, Mynfreda, Minefreda
Known for Saint of the parish of St Minver, Cornwall, England

Menefrida was one of the many children of the Welsh king Brychan,[1] and has been referred to as a saint since at least 1256.[3] William of Worcester records, Sancta Menefrida, virgo non martir, die 24 Novembris ("Saint Menefrida, virgin, not a martyr, 24 November"), which he copied from a calendar at Bodmin[1][2] into the notes made during his travels around Britain during the late 15th century.[4] Her feast day is July 24.[5]

The church dedicated to St. Menefrida in St Minver is a stone building in the Transitional Norman and Early English styles.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c William Smith; Henry Wace (30 September 2004). A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines; Julianus to Myensis. Kessinger Publishing. p. 902. ISBN 978-1-4179-4806-2. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Frances Egerton Arnold-Forster (1899). Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints. Skeffington & son. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Nicholas Orme (1996). English Church Dedications: with a Survey of Cornwall and Devon. University of Exeter Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-85989-516-3. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Caer Guorthigirn, Salisbury, identified by William of Worcester as Vortigern's castle". Vortigern Studies. 14 December 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Catholic Online. "St. Menefrida - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online". catholic.org. Retrieved 6 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kelly's Directory 1939 – Description of St Minver, Cornwall (pp. 238 to 240)". August 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

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