A shepherdess from Nanterre, near Paris, Genevieve dedicated herself at an early age to religious life, taking the veil at 15. She had visions and an ability to calm the possessed. She helped defend Paris during a siege and procure food to prevent citizens from starving. She also led people in prayer to avert invasion by Attila the Hun who detoured away from Paris.
A procession of her shrine in 1129 is said to have ended a plague in the city.
She is the Patron of Paris, disasters and plague.