Catherine of Alexandria, St

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Catherine of Alexandria, St (c.4th cent.?). Christian martyr. Despite her wide popularity in the Middle Ages, extremely little (some would say nothing) is known of her. She is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Maxentius, by being tied to a wheel (hence the Catherine wheel), tortured, and beheaded. Her feast day (25 Nov.) was suppressed in 1969.