"like a fat St Cecilia masquerading in male attire"
Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians. The first recorded music festival in her honour was in Normandy in 1570. The National Academy of Santa Cecilia is one of the oldest musical institutions in the world, founded by the papal bull in 1585.
The legend of her martyrdom has it that after being struck three times on the neck with a sword, she lived for three days, and asked the pope to convert her home into a church. The Church of St Cecilia in Trastevere, dating from the fourth century, is reputedly built on the site of her house.