genovefa) (c.422-500. A virgin of Paris, and the city's patron saint. As a child she is said to have attracted the attention of Germanus of Auxerre and at his instigation devoted herself to a life of asceticism. From her fifteenth until her fiftieth year she ate only twice a week, and then only barley bread. Thereafter, at the command of the bishop, she added fish and milk to her diet. The diversion from Paris of the Huns under Attila in 451 was attributed to her prayers.