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Saints depicted in Cologne Cathedral
St Elizabeth of Thuringia
Elizabeth of Thuringia, wife of a Thuringian landgrave and subsequent nun, was born in 1207 and died in 1231. She is considered to be one of the Church’s greatest female saints. In accordance with the teachings of St Francis of Assisi, who was her contemporary, she used her nobility and wealth to help the needy. At the age of 20, following the death of her husband, Ludwig IV, she founded a hospital for the destitute in Marburg. A year later, she became a Franciscan nun. Wracked with worry and compassion, she died young after sacrificing her health to the care of the sick and the poor. She is generally depicted distributing alms to the poor.
Feast-day: 19 November