William of Norwich

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Profile

Apprentice tanner. Alleged to have been murdered at age 12 by Jews due to their hatred of Christianity and the alleged need for Christian blood for a Passover feast. While the boy did die, his story and the popular elevation of his status to martyr are a function of anti-Semitism, not sanctity. The cultus was disapproved of by the papacy, and was gone by the Reformation.

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Patronage

Representation

  • boy crowned with thorns
  • boy with a knife in his side and holding some nails
  • boy holding a cross and nails with wounded feet and hands

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “William of Norwich“. Saints.SQPN.com. 9 February 2014. Web. 25 July 2014. <>