It's too great of a find not to share, so I give you:
There are a series of legends referred to as the "virgin martyrs" that are some of my favorite tales, as far as hagiography goes. There's very little historicity to them, but lots of gore, piety, and wonder. I totally adore them. Many of these stories were downgraded in the wake of Vatican II, as part of the effort to update church devotional practices, but the saints were (and still are) very popular. I'm trying to build up a collection of them, so this was a great find for me.
|My Virgin Martyr Collection|
Like a lot of these tales, Lucy's story has different versions. This is the most common one. I recall reading one that said she tore her own eyes out (that's them on her platter) when a suitor admired them, lest she be tempted to vanity and he to lust. They miraculously grew back as a sign of her piety and devotion.