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St. Julian

        St. Julian was a legendary saint. Once while hunting he caught a stag, who foretold that he would kill his parents. Horrified Julian left his parents’ house. In another land he became a knight and married a rich widow. Julian’s parents, not knowing the reason of their son’s disappearance searched for him everywhere and once came to his castle. Julian was absent, and his wife welcomed his parents and gave them the best bedroom (Julian’s and hers) to sleep in. Julian returned at night and founding two people in his bed thought that it was his unfaithful wife with her lover. He slaughtered them both. After discovering his mistake he became a hermit; he settled on a river bank and helped people to cross it. Once a poor traveler asked for help. Julian gave him hospitality, fed him and warmed him. After that the traveler, who was Christ himself, told him that his sin was forgiven.
See: Andrea del Castagno. The Assumption of the Virgin with SS. Julian and Miniato. St Julian and the Redeemer.
Gentile da Fabriano. Madonna and Child, with St. Lawrence and St. Julian.
Masaccio. St. Julian Slaying His Parents.

Recommended reading:
Lives of the Saints: From Mary and Francis of Assisi to John XXIII and Mother Teresa by Richard McBrien (Author). Harper San Francisco, 2001.
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference) by David Hugh Farmer. Oxford University Press, 2003.
The Book of Saints: The Lives of the Saints According to the Liturgical Calendar by George Angelini, Victor Hoagland (Editor). Regina Press, Malhame & Company, 1986.
365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives by Woodeene Koenig-Brick (Author). Harper SanFrancisco, 1995.

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