Saint Agnes was only twelve years old when she was arrested by Roman soldiers for being Christian. She was required to worship Minerva, but refused saying she believed in the one true God. The soldiers handcuffed her but due to her small size these slipped from her wrists. She was treated appallingly, whipped and dragged through the streets to be mocked by bystanders. Many however were uncomfortable with this spectacle and a young man stepped forward to protect her by offering her marriage. In her determination to remain a Christian she refused the young man’s kind offer at which point one of the soldiers struck her a mortal blow. She was made a martyr and her feast day is 21st June.