E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The symbol of this saint is a knife, in allusion to the knife with which he was flayed alive.
St. Bartholomews Day, August 24th. Probably Bartholomew is the apostle called Nathanael by St. John the Evangelist (i. 4551).
Massacre of St. Bartholomew. The slaughter of the French Protestants in the reign of Charles IX., begun on St. Bartholomews Day, i.e. between the 24th and 25th August, 1572. It is said that 30,000 persons fell in this dreadful persecution.