Saint Casilda of Toledo Oil on wood panel 16x20x1.5" Died 1050
A Spanish martyr who died in 1050. A native of Toledo, Spain, of Moorish parentage, Casilda became a Christian and a hermitess near Briviesca, Burgos. According to her legend, St Casilda, a daughter of a Muslim king of Toledo (likely Yahya ibn Ismail Al-Mamun), showed great compassion for Christian prisoners by frequently bringing bread hidden in her clothes into the prison, to feed them. Once, she was stopped by Muslim soldiers and asked to reveal what she was carrying under her skirt. When she began to show them, the bread turned into a bouquet of roses. She was raised a Muslim, but when she became ill as a young woman, she refused help from the local Arab doctors and traveled to northern Iberia to partake of the healing waters of the shrine of San Vicente. When she was cured, she was baptized at Burgos (where she was later venerated) and lived a life of solitude and penance not far from the miraculous spring. It is said she lived to be 100 years old.
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