Saint Genevieve Medal
This vintage French Saint Genevieve medal is a true treasure. The medallion features the much loved Patron Saint of Paris in high relief and adorned with sculptural font.
weight - 1.90 grams
dimensions: .60"W x .80"L (including the loop and bail)
hallmarked on the reverse for gold plated silver
Floats from a new 18K gold plated silver chain
Saint Genevieve is the patron saint of Paris in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions. Her feast day is kept on January the 3rd. She was born in Nanterre and moved to Paris after encountering Germanus of Auxerre and Lupus of Troyes and dedicated herself to a Christian life. In 451 she led a "prayer marathon" that was said to have saved Paris by diverting Attila's Huns away from the city. When the Germanic king Childeric I besieged the city in 464, she acted as an intermediary between the city and its besiegers, collecting food and convincing Childeric to release his prisoners.
Her following and her status as patron saint of Paris were promoted by Clotilde, who may have commissioned the writing of her vita. This was most likely written in Tours, where Clotilde retired after her husband's death, as evidenced also by the importance of Martin of Tours as a saintly model.