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SAINT BARBARA: His father, a pagan who was anxious to remove her from men's eyes, shut her up in a tower with two windows. Another legend says that he wanted to marry her by force but she refused because she wanted to devote herself to Christ. One day, a priest disguised as a doctor entered her tower and baptized her. Her father was furious on hearing the news and wanted to put her to death. She suffered many tortures: she was whipped, her body was torn with iron combs, she was burned with red-hot blades, and her father ended up beheading her with his own hands.

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