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St LEONARD

Saint with his own forest and a dragon.

St Leonard's near Horsham in Sussex has the last known sighting of a dragon in England in 1614.

Some time earlier St Len fought a dragon in this forest and was wounded. Wherever drops of his blood fell, lilies of the valley grew. A section of the forest is still called the Lilly Beds.

But perhaps he didn't confront the dragon as he may have been in France at the time, where he is said to have founded a monastery near Limoges.

His specialty in these parts was visiting prisoners, and any he spoke to were released by the King, making our Saint the Patron of Prisoners.

He is also attributed with being a hermit. Maybe he did all three, popping over to England for some serious hermitry and dragon-hunting in the forest, and back to France when the jails were becoming overcrowded.

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Article last updated on 25 February 2006
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT St LEONARD : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : LEONARD
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Male
Type : Saint or Sage
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Birth and Death Dates : ???-???
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 88

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