Apprentice tanner. Alleged to have been murdered at age 12 by Jews due to their hatred of Christianity and the alleged need for Christian blood for a Passover feast. While the boy did die, his story and the popular elevation of his status to martyr are a function of anti-Semitism, not sanctity. The cultus was disapproved of by the papacy, and was gone by the Reformation.
- boy crowned with thorns
- boy with a knife in his side and holding some nails
- boy holding a cross and nails with wounded feet and hands
- “William of Norwich“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 October 2016. Web. 19 January 2017. <>