Book of Saints – Margaret – 20 July


(Saint) Virgin Martyr (July 20) (3rd century) Of her Alban Butler writes: “According to the ancient Martyrologies, she suffered at Antioch in Pisidia (Asia Minor), during the last general persecution. She is said to have been instructed in the Faith by a Christian nurse, to have been prosecuted by her own father, a priest of idols; and after many torments to have gloriously finished her martyrdom by the sword.” There can be no doubt about the antiquity and universality of the devotion to Saint Margaret existing throughout Europe, to which the number of churches 180 dedicated to her bear witness. Many legends have gathered about her memory, to one of which is due the practice of painters and sculptors to figure her as trampling on a dragon.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Margaret”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2014. Web. 4 August 2021. <>