St. Margaret of Scotland

St. Margaret of Scotland

St. Margaret of Scotland (1046-1093).  Born in Hungary, where her father lived in exile.  Intelligent, beautiful and devout, with a keen taste for fine clothes, she was given in marriage to Malcolm III, King of the Scots to whom she bore eight children.  Through her, the Scottish Court achieved a higher standard of civilisation.  She also reformed the Church in Scotland, then at a low ebb.  Councils propagated the practice of Easter communion and abstinence from servile work on Sundays, while she played a prominent part in the foundation of monasteries, churches and hostels for pilgrims.  She revived he abbey of Iona and built Dunfermline to be like a Scottish Westminster Abbey as a burial place for the royal family.  She was an outstanding example of a true mother and queen, and died in Edinburgh.

Picture: Margaret from a Medieval family tree.

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