Frideswide

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Saint Frideswide (c. 650 - October 19, 735) was (according to legend) daughter of the King Didan and Safrida. She founded a church near Oxford, but Prince Aelfgar of Mercia decided to marry her. She refused his advances, hiding from him in a tub in the forest. When she returned to Oxford, Aelfgar besieged her until he was struck blind. She was buried in her monastery in Oxford, the present-day site of Christ Church Cathedral.

Saint Frideswide is the Patron Saint of Oxford. Her feast day is October 19. In art she is depicted holding the pastoral staff of an abbess, a fountain springing up near her and an ox at her feet.

She is also known as Frevisse or Fris.

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