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Catherine of Alexandria

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Author(s): Maud Burnett McInerney
Catherine of Alexandria is supposed to have suffered martyrdom in the fourth century (see also Martyrs). According to legend, she was the daughter of the king of Cyprus, and received an extraordinary education encompassing philosophy and all other branches of knowledge. As a young woman, she converted to Christianity. When the pagan emperor Maxentius began to persecute Christians in Alexandria, she spoke out on their behalf, thus drawing the attention of the emperor, who fell in love with her. S…