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St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr. She is the patroness of philosophers, students, and preachers.
St. Catherine is believed to have been born in Alexandria of a noble family in the 4th century of the common era. Converted to Christianity through a vision, she denounced Maxentius for persecuting Christians.
Her refusal of Maxentius' order to deny her faith landed her in prison. While in prison, Catherine converted Maxentius' wife and two hundred of his soldiers.
Catherine was likewise condemned to death. She was put on a spiked wheel, later to be referred to as a Catherine wheel (for obvious reasons), but the wheel miraculously broke. She was then beheaded.
St. Catherine's was one of the voices heard by St. Joan of Arc.

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