Saint Almedha

Also known as

  • Aled
  • Electa
  • Eled
  • Elevetha
  • Elined
  • Ellyw
  • Filuned
  • Luned
  • Lynette

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A princess, the daughter of King Brychan. A pious girl, she made a private vow of chastity, and dedicated her life to Jesus. When her family tried to force her into an arranged marriage for political reasons, she fled her father‘s kingdom. Fearing Brychan’s revenge if they helped her, villages turned her away. At Brecon she acquired a small hut, and lived there briefly as a prayerful hermitess. However, Brychan found her and demanded that she return home to be married. When she refused, standing by her vows, he killed her. Legend says that a healing spring of water appeared at the site of her death, and that the villages that had turned her away were beset with disasters. She is the Luned of the Mabinogion and the Lynette of Tennyson’s Gareth and Lynette.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Almedha”. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 May 2012. Web. 24 September 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-almedha/>