St. John Nepomuk, a native of Bohemia, was the almoner of
Wenceslas IV., and refused to reveal to the emperor the confession of
the empress. After having heroically endured torture, he was taken from
the rack and cast into the Moldau. Nepomuk is the French né, born, and Pomuk, the village of his birth. A stone image of this saint
stands on the Carl Brücke over the Moldau, in Prague. (1330-1383.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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