Saint Gertrude of Nivelles


Saint John the Baptist and Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, 1480. From a private collection. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

She's sometimes called the patron saint of cats, and the story of Gertrude's religious devotion starts when she was just a young child. Her family's history is important, because they formed the roots of the Carolingian dynasty.

Saint John the Baptist and Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, 1480. From a private collection. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Topics in this Podcast: monasteries, religious history, medieval mystics, biographies, women