Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Kinga, or Cunegundes, Virgin

detail of a statue of Saint Kinga of Poland; date and artist unknown; Bupadest, Hungary; photographed in 2011 by Dezidor; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

She was daughter of Bela IV. king of Hungary, and Mary, daughter to Theodorus Lascharis, emperor of Constantinople: was married in 1239 to Boleslas the Chaste, sovereign of Lesser Poland, or of the palatinates of Cracow, Sandomire, and Lublin; but by mutual consent lived in perpetual chastity. Prayer, mortification, alms, and daily attendance on the poor in the hospitals, employed her time. Boleslas dying in 1279, she took the veil in the great monastery of Sandecz, which she had lately built for nuns of the Order of Saint Clare. She died on the 24th of July in 1292. She was venerated with singular piety in the diocess of Cracow and several other parts of Poland, and her name was solemnly inscribed among the saints by Alexander VIII in 1690. See her life by John Longinus commonly called Dlugos, with remarks by Bosch the Bollandist.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 August 2018. Web. 23 April 2019. <>