Elen (saint)


Elen (saint)

Elen (known in Welsh tradition as Elen Luyddog; also known as Saint Helen of Caernarfon) was a late 4th century founder of churches in Wales who is remembered as a saint. Traditionally she is said to have been a Romano-British princess and the wife of Macsen or Magnus Clemens Maximus, Emperor in Britain, Gaul and Spain, where he died seeking imperial recognition in 388.

Church tradition

Elen was mother of five, including a boy named Constantine, but she lived about sixty years later than Helena of Constantinople, the mother of Constantine the Great with whom she has, in times past, been confused. She is patron of Llanelan in West Gower and of the church at Penisa'r-waun near Caernarfon, where her feast day is May 22. Together with her sons, Cystennin (Constantine) and Peblig (Publicius, named in the calendar of the Church in Wales), she is said to have introduced into Wales the Celtic form of monasticism from Gaul. Saint Gregory of Tours and Sulpicius Severus records that Maximus and Elen met Saint Martin of Tours while they were in Gaul.

Literary tradition

Elen's story is told in "The Dream of Macsen Wledig", one of the tales associated with the "Mabinogion". Welsh mythology remembers her as the daughter of a chieftain of north Wales named Eudaf or Eudwy, who probably lived somewhere near the Roman base of Segontium, now Caernarfon. She is remembered for having Macsen build roads across her country so that the soldiers could more easily defend it from attackers, thus earning her the name "Elen Luyddog" (Elen of the Hosts). She is said to have ordered the making of Sarn Helen, the great Roman road running from Caernarfon to south Wales via Dolgellau, Pennal and Bremia (Llanddewi Brefi). Though this road bears her name it is considerably older than Elen's accepted time period. Many other Roman roads in Wales bear her name (e.g. Llwybr Elen) and she is thus acknowledged as the patron saint of British roadbuildersFact|date=February 2008 and the protectoress of travellers.

References

*Farmer, David (1997). "Oxford Dictionary of Saints", 4th edition. Oxford. (Listed as Helen of Caernarvon).
*Pennick, Thorsons (1997). "The Celtic Saints". Thorsons.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Elen — may refer to: *Elen (saint) a Welsh saint, *Elen, Liège a village in Belgium …   Wikipedia

  • Ellen Saint — Ellen Saint, auch als Helena Presova, Elen Saint, Helena, Elen Nevaril bekannt (* 10. März 1983 in Přerov, Tschechoslowakei als Helena Berzsenyiova) ist ein tschechisches Fotomodel und eine Pornodarstellerin. Tätigkeit Im Jahr 2003 gelang Ellen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ellen Saint — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Ellen Saint Nacimiento 10 de marzo de 1983 (26 años) Přerov,  República Checa Otros nombres …   Wikipedia Español

  • Ellen Saint — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Ellen. Ellen Saint Données clés Nom de naissance Helena Berzsenyiova Surnom Ellen Saint, Helena Presova , Elen Saint, Helena, Elen Nevaril, Bibiane Naissance 10 mars  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ellen Saint — Female adult bio photo= |name= Ellen Saint |birth= birth date and age|1983|03|10 location= Czech Republic birthname= death= measurements= 34A 25 36 height= height|ft=5|in=7 weight= convert|116|lb|kg|abbr=on|lk=on eye color= hair color= Blonde… …   Wikipedia

  • Midnight in Saint Petersburg — Directed by Douglas Jackson Produced by John Dunning Aleksandr Golutva André Link Edward Simons Kent Walwin Written by Harry Alan Towers (as Peter Welbeck) Len Deighton (characters) …   Wikipedia

  • Helena Berzsenyiova — Ellen Saint, auch als Helena Presova, Elen Saint, Helena, Elen Nevaril bekannt (* 10. März 1983 in Přerov, Tschechoslowakei als Helena Berzsenyiova) ist ein tschechisches Fotomodel und eine Pornodarstellerin. Tätigkeit Im Jahr 2003 gelang Ellen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Сэйнт, Эллен — Эллен Сэйнт Ellen Saint Дата рождения: 3 октября 1983(1983 10 03) (29 лет) Место рождения: Прага, Чехия Цвет волос: Блондинка …   Википедия

  • Эллен Сэйнт — Ellen Saint Дата рождения: 3 октября 1983 (25 лет)(19831003) Место рождения: Прага, Чехия Цве …   Википедия

  • Pays de Leon — Pays de Léon Pour les articles homonymes, voir Leon. Bro Leon (Br) (Léon) …   Wikipédia en Français


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.