Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Margaret, Virgin, in England


Her body is preserved entire, and resorted to with great devotion in the church of the Cistercian nuns of Seauve Benoite, in the diocess of Puy, in Velay, eight leagues from that city towards Lyons. The brothers of Sainte-Marthe, in the old edition of Gallia Christiana, and Dom Beaunier, the Maurist monk, confirm the tradition of the place, that she was an English woman, and that her shrine is famous for miracles. Yet her life in old French, (a manuscript copy of which is preserved by the Jesuits of Clermont college, in Paris, with remarks of F. Peter Francis Chifflet,) tells us that she was by birth a noble Hungarian. Her mother, probably at least of English extraction, after the death of her husband, took her with her on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem; and both led a very penitential religious life, first in that city, and afterwards at Bethlehem. Saint Margaret having buried her mother in that country, made a pilgrimage to Montserrat in Spain, and afterwards to our Lady’s at Puy in Velay. Then she retired to the Cistercian nunnery of Seauve Benoite, where she happily ended her mortal course in the twelfth century.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Margaret, Virgin, in England”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 February 2013. Web. 16 January 2019. <>