Helen, mother of Constantine

Introduction

Helen was wife of of the Roman General Constantius Chlorus with whom she had Constantine, later Emperor. She was known as a devout Christian, though she converted late in life. The finding of the True Cross was attributed to her by Amrose. She died in 330 in the Holy Land (ODS, 231) She was born in Bithynia, but Geoffry of Monmouth (d 1154) claimed that she was of British origin (ODS, 231) Quite a number of the place-names containing this saint's name are in the form "St Helena". These are likely to have been named from the island in the South Atlantic where Napoleon was exiled, and to refer to a remote place. The island itself was, of course, named from the saint.

Gender

Female

Territory or Ethnicity (broad)

Anglo-Saxon

Non-insular

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Helen (ns) (certain)

Related Personal Names

Name

Helen (certain)

Feast days

Day of Year

May 21

Notes

Feast in the east.

Day of Year

August 18

Notes

This feast for the west.