Drinking Miracles and the Famous Hedwig

To most of us, the name of Hedwig, if it means anything at all, brings back the memory of Harry Potter’s owl. But in fact, the name first belonged to a central European royal saint.

Around the year 1200, Hedwig became a religious and national symbol in Poland, famous for her delivery of miracles. The most famous of all of Hedwig’s miracles was that the water in her glass turned regularly into wine.

Oh, and one of her miraculous glasses still exists, and is exhibited at the British Museum.

Found in: Neil MacGregor, A History of the World in 100 Objects


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