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Katherine Chidley: evangelist, church planter, leader, and controversialist

Posted by in Seventeenth/Eighteenth century, Social reformers, Stories, UK, Uncategorized |

We first hear of Katherine Chidley in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1616; she is the wife of Daniel Chidley and gave birth to their first son that year. She was already then involved in an illegal underground congregation (at the time only Church of England congregations were legal). She was brought to court at least twice in the 1620s, once for non-attendance...

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St Samthann of Clonbroney

Posted by in Medieval women, Rest of Europe, Stories, UK |

Samthann was the adopted daughter of an Irish king, Cridan. Like so many of the female Irish saints was delivered from an arranged marriage by a miracle, and then devoted herself to serving God as a nun. She became abbess of the monastery at Clonbroney after its founder, St Fuinech, had a dream of a fiery form resembling Samthann consuming the monastery,...

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