Her legend says that she was a princess in the region of York, England. One of the holy virgins who travelled with Saint Ursula, she was saved from the massacre by the Frisian king Radboud who took her to his castle in Rhenen (in modern Netherlands) where she eventually ran the household. Queen Aldegonde became jealous, and had Cunera strangled and buried in a cattle shed. A miracle led to the discovery of the crime, which led to the conversion of Radboud to Christianity.
There are a number of problems with this story, and nothing reliable about her has survived.
- British Isles
- keys (indicative of running the king‘s household)
- cattle (refers to the cattle shed where she was buried)
- scarf or other cloth around her neck (refers to the method of her death)
- “Saint Cunera“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 October 2012. Web. 5 May 2015. <>