(d. 177). She was a virgin slave girl. Blandina was one of forty-eight Christians who were martyred at Lyons, France, during a persecution by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Her heroic courage is described in a “Letter of the Churches of Lyons and Vienne,” which was preserved by Eusebius in his Ecclesiastical History. Blandina and the Bishop of Lyons, Pothinus, are among seven of the forty-eight martyrs who are mentioned by name. They are all known as “The Martyrs of Lyons.” They are commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of the church year on June 2.
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