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St EUPHROSYNE

Cross-dressing monkess.

To avoid marriage she dressed herself as a man and joined a monastery near Alexandria, becoming Brother Smaragdus.

So good was her disguise, and so convincing a monk was she, that her own father went to confession for many years without realizing that the confessor was his own daughter.

One day she fell ill. With death approaching, she finally revealed her identity to her astonished dad. To prevent the awful scandal should a monk with woman's bits be discovered dead in bed, they swapped places.

She left the monastery, while her father became Brother Smaragdus in her place. So her secret identity would be safe to this day, if we didn't know it.

P.S. We have mislaid her dates. Or may never have had them to start with.

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Article last updated on 09 April 2011
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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ABOUT St EUPHROSYNE : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : EUPHROSYNE
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Female
Type : Saint or Sage
Celebration or Feast Day : January 1st
Birth and Death Dates : ???-???
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 128

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