Headless Hero

A grisly legend provided St-Tropez with its name in AD 68. After beheading a Roman officer named Torpes for becoming a Christian, the emperor Nero packed the decapitated body into a small boat, along with a dog and a rooster, who were to devour his remains. Miraculously, the body came ashore in St-Tropez without a nibble being taken from it, and the village adopted the headless Torpes as its saint.