Saint Jadwiga of Anjou
Queen Of Poland, The Legend

The Legend of Jadwiga

Jadwiga was a devout Christian, and often smuggled food from the castle, to the poor, out the back door of the castle, carrying things in her large apron. The legend says that Jagiello's men told him of his bride's strange comings and goings, thus throwing doubt upon her intentions. His advisors had him thinking she was taking secrets to rebels. Jagiello was determined to get to the bottom of this accusation.

One night, as she was leaving by a secret door, Jagiello sprang out of the bushes and demanded to see what was in Jadwiga's apron. A miracle occured and the food she was carrying (which would have earned her a death sentence), turned into a garland of roses. To this day, Jadwiga is always depicted wearing an apron of roses(Cantor, Norman F., General editor,The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. New York: Viking Penguin Inc., 1999, 286).

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