Lucia's story follows a familiar Christian martyr trope. Her father died when she was young, and her mother, who suffered a bleeding disorder, betrothed her to a rich pagan dude in order to ensure both their care. But Lucia had secretly dedicated herself to God and wanted to give her dowry to the poor. This, of course, her mother vigorously opposed until a saint came to Lucia in a dream to tell her that because of her faith, her mother would be healed. Her mother, newly healed, softened toward Lucia's faith, and Lucia began distributing her dowry and jewels to the poor.
News of this reached her betrothed and vexed by the dissipation of his wealth, he complained to the Governor (as you do). The Governor was suitably horrified on his behalf and sentenced Lucia to be defiled in a brothel (because *that's* logical). But when his soldiers came to take her away, they were unable to move her, even when they tied her to several oxen. They next tried to burn her, but the wood would not ignite. She was finally killed by a sword to the throat. (And all the men sighed a sigh of relief.)
Some stories maintain that Lucia also had her eyes plucked out by her persecutors, or by herself, and so she is often depicted not only with the sword that killed her, but holding a plate with her eyes. She is the patron saint of the blind, and is called upon to heal hemorrhages, dysentery, diseases of the eye, and throat infections. She still has festivals and special days dedicated to her today.
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