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St CATHERINE
Also known as CATHERINE-OF-ALEXANDRIA

Patron Saint of Philosophers, Theologians, Teachers, Librarians, Potters, Unmarried Girls and People who work with Wheels

The Catherine Wheel Martyr.

A lady of noble birth in old Alexandria, Egypt, she converted to Christianity and managed to persuade the Roman Emperor Maxentius's wife to do likewise.

Her powers of persuasion soon won over the Emperor's advisors, and it was the same story when she was thrown into prison. With visitors, prisoners and sundry members of the public abandoning the official Roman Gods it was time for a harsher punishment.

CATHERINE was tied to a specially-constructed diabolical machine of four spiked wheels. But it fell to bits without tearing her to bits so she was beheaded instead.

From an infernal contraption it was but a short step to the entertainment of crowds and St CATHERINE is now best known for the firework which bears her name. By rights she should be Patron of the Fireworks Industry.

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Article last updated on 05 November 2010
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT St CATHERINE : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : CATHERINE
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Female
Type : Saint or Sage
Celebration or Feast Day : November 25th
Birth and Death Dates : 282-305
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : CATHERINE-OF-ALEXANDRIA
Popularity index : 156

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