Famous Norwegian Women on Stamps
|SAINT SUNNIVA (~900 A.D.)
In Norway there are 3 saints, one is female, Saint Sunniva, a daughter
of an Irish King.
a heathen king invaded Ireland thousand years ago and wanted to marry
her, she run away from Ireland. She came with her companions to Selje,
an island at the west coast of Norway. There they lived in caves. The
natives were unfriendly and wanted them away. So they took refuge in one
of the caves praying God for protection.
cave became their prison when it crashed down and locked them up. Later
a strange light was seen over the cave, and when opening it their bones
were found, only the body of Sunniva remained unharmed. The Norwegian
King put up a church on the place and her body was buried there in the
year 996. Sunniva became the guardian angel of Western Norway.