5. Saint Lawrence
Many saints faced very brutal death and martyred for their religious beliefs. In 257 AD, the Roman ruler Valerian passed a new law which requested Christians to idolize the Roman Gods or else lose their titles and property. Further refusal could prompt expulsion and execution, and accordingly numerous noticeable Christians – including Pope Sixtus II – were executed for their rebellion. St Lawrence was one of seven saints who was killed amid this time.
He was tied on an iron flame warmed by coals so he could be simmered to death. Clearly, as he was cooking St Lawrence said, “Turn me over, I’m done on this side!” – a witty comment which later made him the holy patron saint of cooks and culinary specialists.