After that, what version the Franks would have heard is unclear. One ninth century martyrology has several women; another has several thousand. It isn’t until the 11th century that a fuller version of the story of the British-born Saint Ursula emerges, with a lot of fantastic elements: 11,000 virgins, a pope who abdicates, an army of martyrs. Even the Catholic Encyclopedia has used the term “fables” to describe the events.
Regardless of what particular details of Ursula’s story are true, a courageous group of women faced death rather than betray their faith, and their story has inspired generations. Visit English Historical Fiction Authors for more about this fascinating saint.