Crispin and Crispinian

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This article is about the Christian saint. For other uses of Crispin, see Crispin (disambiguation).
Saints Crispin and Crispinian
Bossche Saints Crispin and Crispinian.jpg
The Martyrdom of SS. Crispin and Crispinian
by Aert van den Bossche (National Museum, Warsaw).
Martyrs
Born 3rd century AD
Died 286
Rome
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Churches
Church of England
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Major shrine Soissons
Feast October 25
Attributes depicted holding shoes
Patronage cobblers; curriers; glove makers; lace makers; lace workers; leather workers; saddle makers; saddlers; shoemakers; tanners; weavers.
Brgy. San Crispin, San Pablo City, Philippines

Saints Crispin and Crispinian are the French Christian patron saints of cobblers, curriers, tanners, and leather workers. Born to a noble Roman family in the 3rd century AD, Saints Crispin and Crispinian, twin brothers, fled persecution for their faith, ending up at Soissons, where they preached Christianity to the Gauls whilst making shoes by night.

Their success attracted the ire of Rictus Varus, governor of Belgic Gaul, who had them tortured and thrown into the river with millstones around their necks. Though they survived, they were beheaded by the Emperor c. 286.

An alternative account gives them to be sons of a noble Romano-Briton family which lived at Canterbury, following their father's murder for displeasing the Roman Emperor. As they were approaching maturity their mother sent them to London to seek apprenticeship and to avoid coming to the attention of their father's killer. Travelling there, the brothers came across a shoemaker's workshop at Faversham and decided to travel no further and stayed in Faversham where there is a plaque commemorating their association with the town. They are also commemorated in the name of the ancient pub "Crispin and Crispianus" at Strood. This account fails to explain how the brothers came to be venerated and martyred.

The feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian is 25 October. Although this feast was removed from the Roman Catholic Church's universal liturgical calendar following the Second Vatican Council, the two saints are still commemorated on that day in the most recent edition of the Roman Church's martyrology.

Saint Crispin is often associated with the Battle of Agincourt since the battle was fought on Saint Crispin's Day, and has been immortalised by Shakespeare's St. Crispin's Day Speech from his play Henry V.

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