Today (17 November) yorkthodox has run out of British saints for this day, so I turned to Miss Dunbar and found several early female saints:
St. Begu, having dedicated her virginity to the Lord for thirty years and more, served Him in monastic conversation in the nunnery of Hackness, built by ST. HILDA shortly before her death. On Nov. 17, 680, Begu was sleeping in the dormitory with the other sisters. She suddenly heard the bell that called them to prayer when a soul was passing away. Immediately she saw the roof of the house open : a bright light filled the sky, and in that light the maid of God, Hilda, was borne to heaven by angels. Begu arose, found the sisters all asleep, and knew that she had seen a vision. Running to Frigyd, who ruled in the absence of the Abbess Hilda, she told her that their dear mother had that moment departed from the earth. They all arose and prayed for the soul of the blessed abbess until, at dawn, some monks arrived to tell them of her death. (Bede, Eccl. Hist., book iv. chap. 23) Some modern writers identify her with HEIU, who is mentioned by Bcde in the same narrative. They seem to me to be two distinct persons. Some think she is ST. BEE OF EGREMONT (BEGA (1)), but this is mere conjecture and rests on no authority. Smith and Wace, Dict. ‘Heiu’ and ‘Begu’.
St. Euphrasia (9), Nov. 17. + c.588. Wife of St. Namas, or Namatus, or Manat, bishop of Vienne, in Dauphiné. Euphrasia imitated his virtues, and when he took holy orders, she became a recluse. Guerin, P.B. Gynecaeum. Here is a little more about the saintly bishops of Vienne.
St. Hiltrude (3), Nov. 17, + 1177, V. of Bingen. Daughter of Megenhard, or Meginrad, count of Spanheim. Nun under ST. JUTTA, at Disibodenberg. Her holiness was made known by ST. HILDEGARD (3). She was one of the nuns who acted as amanuensis to St. Hildegard, and helped her to put her book Scivias into writing. Bucelinus. Lechner. Eckenstein.
St. Victoria (3), Nov. 17, V. M. 304, at Cordova. Patron of Cordova, Burgos, and Toledo. Represented with arrows. She was put to death in the persecution under Diocletian, with her brother St. Acisclus, or as he is called in the Martyrology of Salisbury, Acyldy, ‘in comendacyon of whose precyous deth, euery yere in the daye of theyr passyon, swete and freshe roses done sprynge by myracle.’ Their bodies were brought to Toulouse by Charlemagne and venerated there in the church of St. Saturninus. Perhaps this is the Victoria called by Cahier St. Victoria of Marseilles, patron of millers. This patronage may be due to the great stone tied round her neck when she was thrown into the river, one of many futile attempts to kill or hurt her. She was finally shot with arrows. RM. Cahier.
Holy saints of God, pray for us.