Wooden statue of St Benignus, probably French, 17th century.

Image number: 10284971

Wooden statue of St Benignus, probably French, 17th century.

The Catholic Church dominated medieval Europe, and Christian teaching often implied that illness was the result of sin. Prayer therefore became an important part of healing. Benignus may have been a missionary priest from Lyons who was martyred at Epagny, France in the late second century under the Roman Emperor Aurelian.

Image number:
10284971
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
21 September 2006 12:29
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Science Museum