Statue of St Radegund, France, 1801-1900
Many Christians have long believed that the saints are able to plead with God on their behalf and that particular saints can give protection against specific illnesses. St Radegund (c. 520-587) was a Frankish princess who ran away from her violent and abusive husband and founded the Christian Convent of Our Lady of Poitiers in France. It is believed she was prayed to by those with ringworm and toothache.
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A sculpture in the round representing human or animal figures or small figure groups; a statuette is a smaller sculpture.
Pain in a tooth or in the teeth
An infection of the skin. Ringworm causes a reddish blemish with a light centre that resembles a 'ring'