Medieval legends suggest that Ismeria, a descendent of the tribe of King David, was the grandmother of the Virgin Mary.

  • According to medieval manuscripts, the great grandmother of Jesus was St. Ismeria.
  • The legend of St. Ismeria emphasizes sanctity earned by a life of penitence as opposed to blood martyrdom.
  • St. Ismeria likely served as a role model for older women during the 14th and 15th centuries.
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