Wolves / Edmund of East Anglia, 841–870,
Feast Day: November 20
Known as a fair and just ruler, Edmund was a king in eastern England. When the Danes invaded, he was captured and told to turn over his followers. When he refused, he was beaten, shot with arrows, and beheaded. When his followers came to claim his body, they could not find his head. They heard a voice in the woods calling and, following it, found a wolf cradling Edmund’s head between its paws.
Other patronages: kings; torture victims
Invoked: against epidemics, plague