SAINTS CRISPIN AND CRISPINIAN are the Christian patron saints of cobblers , curriers , tanners , and leather workers. Beheaded during the reign of Diocletian ; the date of their execution is given as 25 October 285 or 286.
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Born to a noble Roman family in the 3rd century AD, Saints Crispin and Crispinian fled persecution for their faith, ending up at Soissons , where they preached Christianity to the Gauls whilst making shoes by night. While it is stated that they were twin brothers, that has not been positively proved.
They earned enough by their trade to support themselves and also to aid the poor. Their success attracted the ire of Rictus Varus , governor of Belgic Gaul , who had them tortured and thrown into the river with millstones around their necks. Though they survived, they were beheaded by the Emperor c. 285-286.
An alternative account gives them to be sons of a noble Romano-Briton
family who lived in Canterbury, following their father's murder for
displeasing the Roman Emperor. As they were approaching maturity their
mother sent them to London to seek apprenticeship and to avoid coming
to the attention of their father's killer. Travelling there, the
brothers came across a shoemaker's workshop at
The feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian is 25 October . Although this feast was removed from the Roman Catholic Church's universal liturgical calendar following the Second Vatican Council , the two saints are still commemorated on that day in the most recent edition of the Roman Church's martyrology.
Saint Crispin is often associated with the
Battle of Agincourt since
the battle was fought on his feastday . It has been immortalised by
Shakespeare's St. Crispin\'s Day Speech from his play Henry V . Also,
for the Midsummer's Day Festival in the third act of Die Meistersinger
* ^ A B Meier, Gabriel. "Sts. Crispin and Crispinian." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. 14 Mar. 2015 * ^ See: Arnold Hugh Martin Jones; John Robert Martindale; J. Morris (1971). The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire: V. 1 A.D. 260-395. I.. Cambridge University Press. p. 766. ISBN 978-0-521-07233-5 . "He is most probably a fictitious character since there was no persecution of Christians in N. Gaul; this area was subject to the Caesar Constantius." * ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Crispin and Crispinian". Encyclopædia Britannica . 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge