Saint Bartholomew

Little is known of his life; he was probably the son of a farmer who went on to become an apostle after meeting Jesus and served as a missionary in Phrygia, Mesopotamia, Armenia, Ethiopia and possibly even India. His preaching so offended the pagan idolators that the local ruler in Armenia ordered that he be flayed alive and then crucified; because of this he is almost always represented in works of art with a tanning knife and, sometimes even holding his own skin. He is the patron saint of binders, butchers, cobblers, tanners, shoemakers and trappers and protects against nervous and neurological disorders. Charles IV acquired part of his remains as a relic for St. Vitus’s Cathedral.


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