The Legend Of Proud Margaret
There are 2 different versions of this legend. The first version dates from the thirteenth century:
Amandus and his wife were robbed and murdered at their home in Leuven. Margaret, who lived and worked
there as a servant girl, was kidnapped by the robbers and carried outside of the city where they brutally
Fishermen found her body some days later on the shore of the river Dyle and buried her there. But due to a
light shining on her grave, her body was discovered and brought back to the city of Leuven. On the location
where she was murdered people claimed miracles happened.
In the 16th century, Joannes Molanus wrote a different version of the same legend: He claimed that Margaret
was also raped and that fish carried her body against the current towards the city, while a light shined on her
floating body and that it was the Duke of Barbant that found her body.
Due to the legend, a real pilgrimage rose in the following ages. People met each other at the Saint Peters
church at the chapel where her remains where kept. Due to the many miracles that happened, there have
been several pleads for her beatrification, a step needed before a canonisation. Three times this failed until
pope Leo XIII finally blessed her in 1902. She was never honoured as saint.
Nederlandse versie onderaan
De legende van de fiere Margriet