(St.). The symbol of this saint is a knife, in allusion
to the knife with which he was flayed alive.
St. Bartholomew's Day,
August 24th. Probably Bartholomew is the apostle called “Nathanael”
by St. John the Evangelist (i. 45–51).
Massacre of St. Bartholomew.
The slaughter of the French Prostestants in the reign of Charles
IX, begun on St. Bartholomew's Day, i.e
. between the 24th and
25th August, 1572. It is said that 30,000 persons fell in this dreadful
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894