ST. MARGARET SURNAMED OF ENGLAND, V.
HER body is preserved entire, and resorted to with
great devotion, in the church of the Cistercian nuns of Seauve
Benoite,* in the diocese of Puy, in Velay, eight leagues from that
city toward Lyons. The brothers of Sainte Marthe, in the old edition
of Gallia Christiana,1 and Dom Beaunier, the Maurist monk,2 confirm
the tradition of the place, that she was an English woman, and that
her shrine is famous for miracles. Yet her life in old French, (a
manuscript copy of which is preserved by the Jesuits of Clermont
college, in Paris, with remarks of F. Peter Francis Chifflet,) tells
us that she was by birth a noble Hungarian. Her mother, probably at
least of English extraction, after the death of her husband, took her
with her on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem; and both led a very
penitential religious life, first in that city, and afterwards at
Bethlehem. St. Margaret having buried her mother in that country,
made a pilgrimage to Montserrat, in Spain, and afterwards to our
Lady’s, at Puy in Velay. Then she retired to the Cistercian
nunnery of Seauve Benoite,† where she happily ended her mortal
course in the twelfth century. See Gallia Christ. Nova in Diœc.
Aniciensi seu Podiensi, t. 2, p. 777.