Pancras

(St.). Patron saint of children. He was a noble Roman youth, martyred by Diocletian at the age of fourteen (A.D. 304). (See Nicholas.)

St. Pancras,
in Christian art, is represented as treading on a Saracen and bearing either a stone and sword, or a book and palm-branch. The allusions are to his hatred of infidelity, and the implements of his martyrdom.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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