Posts tagged ‘Saints who were Kings’

Saint Aucias of Thessalonica

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Reported to be a king, but of where is unknown. Martyr.

Died

Canonized

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Aucias of Thessalonica“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 June 2016. Web. 18 December 2017. <>

Saint Olaus of Sweden

Also known as

  • Olaf
  • Olave

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King of Sweden. Convert, brought to the faith by Saint Anscharius. During a time of famine, he was sacrificed to the old pagan gods because he would not offer such sacrifices himself as priest-king.

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Canonized

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Olaus of Sweden“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 July 2016. Web. 18 December 2017. <>

Saint Harold the King

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First Christian king of Denmark. When he tried to bring his pagan people to the faith they revolted and killed him. Martyr.

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Canonized

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Harold the King“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 September 2013. Web. 18 December 2017. <>

Saint Gerontius

Also known as

  • Geraint

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King of Damnonia (in modern Devon, England). He and his wife Enid are the subjects of romantic legends in the region.

Died

  • killed c.508 in battle against Saxons

Canonized

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Gerontius“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 August 2016. Web. 18 December 2017. <>

Saint Richard the King

detail of an Italian holy card of Saint Richard the King by Bertoni, date unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial

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Saxon king, possibly of Wessex in modern England. Married, and the father of Saint Willibald, Saint Winebald, and Saint Walburga. At least two disparate biographies exist for him, neither of them very creditable. Died suddenly during a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Richard the King“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 February 2017. Web. 18 December 2017. <>

Saint David of Scotland

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Youngest son of King Malcolm III Canmore and Saint Margaret of Scotland; brother of Saint Matilde in whose court he grew up and was educated. Prince of Cumbria in 1107. Married. Ascended to the throne of Scotland in 1124. Fought in the border wars with England, and in 1138 participated in the armistice that halted the fighting. Devoting himself to the welfare of his people, he re-organized the system of land ownership and implemented both new laws and a new legal system. Worked to bring the faithful in Scotland closer to the Vatican, founded convents and monasteries, supported monastic work and the organization of five new dioceses. Spiritual student of Saint Aelredo of Rievaulx.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint David of Scotland“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 August 2017. Web. 18 December 2017. <>

Saint Ethelbert of East Anglia

stained glass window Saint Ethelbert of East Anglia with the Christ Child, date unknown, artist unknown; Saint Ethelbert's Church, Alby, Norfolk, England; photographed on 7 November 2010 by Amitchelll125; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Aethelbert
  • Albert
  • Albright

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Son of Ethelred, King of the East Angles, and Leofrana. A pious youth, he would have preferred religious life, but was in line for the throne. King of East Anglia for 44 years. He would have preferred to remain celibate, but agreed to seek the hand of Althryda (Alfrida) daughter of Offa, King of the Mercians in order to continue a stable line to the crown. There were a number of supernatural indications that it was a bad choice, but Ethelbert went anyway. Due to court intrigues, Ethelbert was murdered by a man named Grimbert at the instigation of his father-in-law, Offa of Mercia. Often listed as a martyr.

Died

  • murdered in 793 at Villa Australis, Mercia, England
  • his body was buried like trash, but a heavenly light identified it, and it was eventually relocated
  • buried at Maurdine near the Lugg River in Mercia
  • remains relocated to Stratus-way
  • remains relocated to Fernley (modern Hereford, England)
  • remains relocated to Hereford Cathedral
  • during one of the moves the head fell off the body, fell of the cart it was being carried in, touched a pedestrian who had been blind for eleven years, and cured him
  • head enshrined at Westminster Abbey

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ethelbert of East Anglia“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 May 2015. Web. 18 December 2017. <>

Saint Elesbaan of Ethiopia

Saint Elesbaan of EthiopiaAlso known as

  • Elesbaan of Axum
  • Calam-Negus…
  • Calam…
  • Caleb…
  • Elesbaas…
  • Elesbas…
  • Elesboas…
  • Eleuzoe…
  • Ella Atsbeha…
  • Ella Asbeha…
  • Hellestheaeus…
  • Kaleb…

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Christian King in Ethiopia in the early 6th century. With the support of Byzantine emperors Justin I and Justinian, he invaded the southern Arabian peninsula where Christian was under attack. Late in life he abdicated his throne to live as a prayerful, penitent hermit and then a monk in Jerusalem.

Died

Canonized

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Elesbaan of Ethiopia“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 May 2017. Web. 18 December 2017. <>

Saint Ceolwulph

Also known as

  • Ceolwulf

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Eighth century king of Northumbria in England. Patron and supporter of Venerable Bede who dedicated his Ecclesiastical History to Ceolwulph. In later life Ceolwulph abdicated and became a monk at Lindisfarne Abbey, possibly as a way to prevent a war over his throne.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ceolwulph“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 October 2012. Web. 18 December 2017. <>

Saint Ferdinand III of Castille

detail of a portrait of Saint Ferdinand III of Castille, c.1893, by Jose Maria Rodriguez de Losada, Ayntamiento de Leon, SpainMemorial

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Son of Alfonso IX, King of Leon, and Berengaria, daughter of King Alfonso III of Castile; cousin of Saint Louis IX. King of Castile in 1217 at age 18. King of Leon in 1230. King of Palencia, Valladolid, and Burgos. Married to Princess Beatrice, daughter of Philip of Swabia, King of Germany. The couple had seven sons and three daughters. In his later years, Ferdinand’s father desired to return to his throne, and he turned against Ferdinand; he eventually gave up the idea, however, and the two reconciled. Following the death of Beatrice in 1236, Ferdinand married Joan of Ponthiers, with whom he had two sons and a daughter.

A stern judge when it came to the law, he was gentle and forgiving in his personal life. Founded the University of Salamanca. Rebuilt the Cathedral of Burgos. Crusaded for 27 years against the Muslims in Spain. Successfully held back Islamic invasions in 1225, and took Cordoba and Seville from them in 1234-36. Founded the Cathedral of Burgos and the University of Salamanca. Converted the Great Mosque in Seville to a cathedral.

A man of great faith and devotion, especially to Our Lady, Ferdinand founded and funded hospitals, bishoprics, monasteries, and churches. He reformed Spanish law, and compiled it into a form used for centuries after. An excellent administrator and just ruler, often pardoning those who worked against the crown. Strove always to use his power to better his people and his nation.

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Beatified

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  • greyhound

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ferdinand III of Castille“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 June 2017. Web. 18 December 2017. <>