Born into a devout Greek family from Prussa in Bithynia, Saint Argyra had just married when a Turkish neighbour fell violently in love with the young bride. Having his proposals repulsed, he denounced her to the local judge, claiming that she had agreed to convert to Islam. She was arrested and taken to Constantinople, to be judged there. Before her accuser, she replied calmly and resolutely, in spite of blows and repeated tortures, that she had never made such promises and was ready to die as a Christian. The examinations and successive imprisonments lasted a full seventeen years, without the Saint giving in to pressure from the judge or the women of ill repute who shared her cell and tormented her unceasingly. She added to these trials the labours of fasting and prayer, and was filled with such joy that she was allowed to suffer thus for love of Christ that, when a wealthy Christian intervened to free her, she refused to leave the prison that she looked on as a royal palace. She died thus in her dungeon and was buried by Christians in 1725. Three years later, her incorrupt body was discovered, and it gave off a delicious fragrance.

Source: The Synaxarion: The Lives of the Saints of the Orthodox Church. Volume Four, March, April. Holy Convent of The Annunciation of Our Lady, Ormylia (Chalkidike), 1998.