|Saint Alban's Cross|
Alban was a Roman colonist in Verulamium, which is now called St Albans, in Hertfordshire -- southeastern England. The flag of St Albans is the flag of Mercia, the old English kingdom (before the unification) in that region.
|When in doubt, blame Diocletian|
Alban's initial crime (against the SPQR-Britain) was sheltering a priest named Amphibalus. The priest needed to be hidden because the order came down that all Christian clergy should be arrested and executed. Other Christians could also be executed, but the clergy were especially targeted. Alban took Amphibalus into his home. In the course of their conversations, Alban got the faith. He then hatched a plot to get the priest out of town. By switching clothes, Amphibalus would look like a regular Roman citizen and just walk away. Since the soldiers were searching homes, the switch would eventually get Alban in trouble, but that was a problem for another day. Or at least later that day.
|Alban was a ginger|
Amphibalus left and the soldiers came. They found Alban dressed like a priest, so they took him to the praetor, who threatened to kill him unless he offered the proper polytheistic sacrifices and revealed where Amphibalus had gone. Alban responded with a declaration of Christian faith, which was answered with a death sentence. No one was surprised by any of this.
|Off with his head!|
|Are you ready for a party?|
They eventually caught Amphibalus and killed him too. Bloody Romans.