|Nice blood spatter -- Icons by Tarantino|
The trouble started with the execution of Saint Felix of Sutri (Tuscany) in 257. That was during the Valerian persecution, who got his from Shapur of Persia. Well, actually, we could say that the trouble started at the Crucifixion, or perhaps at the wedding at Cana, or in the stable in Bethlehem. If you like, we could take the trouble back to Ten Commandments, or maybe an earlier covenant, or a flood, or an apple. But this particular trouble goes back to Felix of Sutri, who died in 257 but wasn't buried until 273.
I'm not sure how they happened to bury him in Chiusi (Siena) instead of Sutri, but it seems that a deacon named Irenaeus was caught up to his waist in a grave, shovel in hand, and ossuary (box o' bones) at his side. It looked suspiciously Christian, so he got hauled into court, condemned, and killed.
A woman named Mustiola had tended to Irenaeus while he was awaiting trial. She was the cousin of the late emperor Claudius Gothicus, but since CG's brother had been overthrown by Aurelian, the sitting emperor in 273, that was unlikely to carry much weight. Nonetheless, being brave and compassionate, Mustiola attended the execution of Irenaeus.
|Mustiola in the Chiusi Museum|
Either way, Mustiola wound up offending the prefect who then ordered her to be beaten to death with weighted clubs. She is considered the patron of Ciusi.