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Geneviève of Brabant
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[German Version]

Incorporating older motif-complexes, the Geneviève legend exists in four 15th- and 16th-century Latin versions and, since the 17th century, has been the popular material of numerous literary treatments. The early medieval countess palatine was falsely condemned for adultery and, along with her newborn child, banished into the wilderness until, having been found six years later by her husband on a hunt, she was able to prove her innocence.


Sources: ActaSS, Apr. 1, 1675, 57

BHL, 5393f.

On Geneviève of Brabant: A. Schneider, La légende …

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Unterburger, Klaus, “Geneviève of Brabant”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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