St. Eulalia of Mérida
Martyred at 13, St. Eulalia (d. 304) became the best known virgin martyr
of Spain. Legends say that she rebuked a Roman magistrate, Dacian, for
causing Christians to apostatize and/or for persecuting them. He
attempted to persuade her to offer a sacrifice to an idol, and when she
refused, he ordered her tortured. She was eventually burned. Prudentius,
whose poem about her is said to have been used in the Visigothic church on
Eulalia's feast day, says a white dove seemed to fly from her mouth as she
The oldest extant French-language poem, Cantilène de Sainte
Eulalie, recounts her life.
Karen Rae Keck
Cantilène de Sainte Eulalie
The commentary is in French, but the poem is in both Latin and
French. The page has links to pictures of the manuscript at the library
at Valenciennes and has bibliographies. --- Restena
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