Saint Cunera

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Cunera; created in Utrecht in 1927; church of Saint Michael, Woudsend, Netherlands; photographed on 10 October 1993 by A J (Ton) van der Wal, National Cultural Heritage; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsMemorial


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





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Cunera“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 June 2015. Web. 24 September 2021. <>