St. Lucy, died in 304, was a rich woman of Sicily, she refused marriage and gave her money to the poor. Her rejected suitor denounced her as a Christian and she was judged and condemned to a brothel but was miraculously protected. And the authorities, after failing to burn her at the stake, had her stabbed in the throat with a sword.
See: Caravaggio The Burial of St. Lucy.
Francesco del Cossa. St. Lucy.
Domenico Veneziano. The Madonna and Child Enthroned with SS. Francis, John the Baptist, Zenobius and Lucy. The Martyrdom of St. Lucy.
Lorenzo Lotto St. Lucia before the Judge.
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.