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Vita Sanctae Genovefae
(154 words)

[German version]

The VSG (ed.: [1]) tells, in a long-winded and often solecistic form, how, during the advances of the Hunni (in 451) and the Franks [4] on Paris in the midst of the collapse of Roman culture, belief in the miraculous flourished in every corner [2]. Genovefa ('the magic woman'), virgin and friend to many in need, died in 502. The author's assertion to have written the vita 18 years later, is taken seriously again by modern scholars [3; 5].

Hagiography; Miracles



1 B. Krusch, Passiones vitaeque sanctorum aevi Merovi…

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Berschin, Walter (Heidelberg), “Vita Sanctae Genovefae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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