Saint Ursula is a Christian saint and martyr whose story is believed to have originated in the 4th or 5th century. She is venerated as the patron saint of virgins, students, and archers, and her feast day is celebrated on October 21st in the Catholic Church.
According to legend, Ursula was a British princess who, along with 11,000 virgin companions, was martyred by the Huns in Cologne, Germany. The story goes that Ursula and her companions refused to marry Hunnish princes and were subsequently killed for their refusal.
Despite the fact that many historians believe the story of Ursula and her companions to be a fabrication, her cult was well-established by the 9th century, and her remains were said to have been discovered in Cologne in the 11th century. Ursula was canonized in the 12th century.
Some interesting facts about Ursula include the fact that she is one of the most highly venerated virgin martyrs in the Catholic Church, and her story has been depicted in literature and art throughout history. In some versions of her story, Ursula is said to have been accompanied by 11,000 virgins, which is why she is often depicted with 11,000 arrows, symbolizing their martyrdom.
Ursula's birthdate, death date and canonization date are not known.
In addition to her feast day on October 21st, Ursula is also honored on August 8th, the day her remains were said to have been discovered in Cologne. Her cult was particularly popular in medieval Europe, and many churches and chapels were dedicated to her throughout the continent.