According to Legend, Ursula was the daughter of a Christian king in Britain and was granted a three year postponement of a marriage she resisted to a pagan prince. Together with 11,000 hand maidens, Ursula went on a pilgrimage to Rome. Upon their return, they were massacred by refusing to copulate with or marry the invading Huns in Cologne circa 451. A Romanesque basilica was built in Cologne, where their relics are alleged to have been kept, to honor the Saint and the 11,000 virgin martyrs .
María Concepción García Gainza, Juan de Anchieta, Escultor del Renacimiento, Fundación Arte Hispánico, Madrid, 2010, p. 217
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