And Custance hath so longe sojourned there,
In orisons, with many a bitter teere,
Til Jhesu hath converted thurgh his grace
Dame Hermengyld, constablesse of that place.
– Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales, The Man of Law’s Tale. After Constance is taken in by a pagan constable and his wife Hermengild in Northumberland, she secretly converts Hermengild to Christianity.