Book of Saints – Gertrude

[Saint Gertrude the Great]Article

(Saint) Virgin (November 17) (14th century) The holy nun of singular learning and endued with high gifts of mystic prayer, who has left us the “Insinuationes Divinse Pietatis,” a work comparable to the writings of Saint Teresa, and enriched with sublime imagery. Tradition assigns Eisleben in Saxony as her birthplace, and makes her Abbess successively of Rudersdorff and of Heldelfs. But modern research distinguishes the Abbess Saint Gertrude from her contemporary the mystic Saint of the same name, a nun in the monastery of the former. They flourished in the latter half of the thirteenth century, and November 17, A.D. 1334, is assigned as the date of the death of the survivor. That Saint Mechtildis, another celebrated mystic writer, was sister of either Saint Gertrude is also now controverted. The Church keeps the Feast of Saint Gertrude on November 15, though in certain Kalendars it is found noted on April 12 or November 12. The confusing together of two or more Saints of the same name has evidently led to this discrepancy. The works of Saints Gertrude and Mechtelde, edited by the Benedictines of Solesmes, may be usefully consulted.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Gertrude”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 11 July 2013. Web. 25 July 2014. <>