Beatus of Thun, the Apostle of Switzerland, was a second century monk. He was from Scotland (or maybe Ireland). Born with the name Suetonius, he was apparently baptized by Barnabas (the guy who replaced Judas Iscariot, not the vampire from Collinsport). Then he was ordained by Saint Peter, and sent to evangelize the Helvetii (Swiss).
|Lake Thun Dragon Boat -- I'm afraid the last laugh's on Beatus,|
The other Beatus lived up in Gaul (France) around the area of Vendome. He was a hermit, evangelizing when he could and making baskets to swap for food in the rest of his time. Some locals tipped him off about a fine cave he could live in, but like the cave in Beatenberg, this was already occupied. The dragon in this one was so large that when it crawled out to drink from the Loire, its tail was still in the cave. When it drank, the Loire went dry until it stopped drinking. Serious dragon.
There are three stories told about how Beatus of Vendome beat the dragon. One says he showed up and the dragon fled in fear. Another says that he cracked it on the noggin with his staff and it was done. The last says that he collared the thing and chained it -- then stepped out of reach and it strangled itself straining to get at him.