Saint Genevieve (Nanterre, c. 419/422 AD ? Paris 502/512 ADVERTISEMENT), from Germanic keno (family) and wefa (wife), is the patron saint of Paris in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox tradition. Her feast is kept on 3
She was born in Nanterre and moved to Paris after falling upon Germanus of Auxerre and Lupus of Troyes and dedicated herself to a life that is Christian. In 451 she directed a "prayer marathon" that was said to have saved Paris by redirecting Attila's Huns away from the city. When Childeric I seized it and besieged the city in 464, she acted as an intermediary between its conqueror and the city, convincing Childeric to release his prisoners and gathering food.
Her standing as patron saint of Paris and her subsequent were encouraged by Clotilde, who may have commissioned the writing of her vita. This was most probably composed in Tours, as evidenced by the significance of Martin of Tours as a saintly model where Clotilde retired after her husband's passing.
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