Religion Past and Present

Get access
Search Results: | 7 of 21 |

Veronica, Saint
(484 words)

[German Version]

I. Church History

St. Veronica is a legendary figure, very popular in the late Middle Ages and the Baroque period (feast day Feb 4 or 27). The basis of her legend is the story of Abgar (Eus. Hist. eccl. I 13), according to which Jesus sent the king of Edessa a miraculous cloth icon with his face imprinted on it. In a later tradition, he handed the icon down to his daughter Beronike. In the West (earliest mention Acts Pil. 7), the legendary Veronica was identified with the hemorrhaging woman in Matt 9:20 par. (start…

Cite this page
Unterburger, Klaus and Spanke, Daniel, “Veronica, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲