ST. KINGA, OR CUNEGUNDES, V.
SHE was daughter of Bela IV. king of Hungary, and
Mary, daughter to Theodorus Lascharis, emperor of Constantinople: was
married 1239 to Boleslas the Chaste, sovereign of Lesser Poland, or
of the palatinates of Cracow, Sandomire, and Lublin; but by mutual
consent lived in perpetual chastity. Prayer, mortification, alms, and
daily attendance on the poor in the hospitals, employed her time.
Boleslas dying in 1279, she took the veil in the great monastery of
Sandecz, which she had lately built for nuns of the Order of St.
Clare. She died on the 24th of July in 1292. She was venerated with
singular piety in the diocess of Cracow and several other parts of
Poland, and her name was solemnly inscribed among the saints by
Alexander VIII. in 1690. See her life by John Longinus commonly
called Dlugos, with remarks by Bosch the Bollandist, t. 5, Julij, p.