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(3rd century?),

martyr. This boy-saint was very popular in France, Belgium, and Switzerland, but also at Winchester where the cathedral claimed important relics of him, at least from the 11th century. His incredible Legend is partly borrowed from that of St Justin of Paris; the diffusion of his cult may be due to confusion with saints of the same or similar name. His Acts make him a boy of nine years old who declared himself a Christian in the persecution of Diocletian under the mythical Rictiovarus; his head was struck off by a soldier but he nevertheless continued to speak. He was a static rather than a mobile céphalophore, who had given his life to avoid disclosing the hiding-place of his father and uncle. Feast: 18 October.

AA.SS. Oct. VIII (1866), 323–43; M. Coens, ‘Aux origines du céphalophore’, Anal. Boll., lxxii (1954), 269 ff.; B.L.S., x. 125–6.

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