|Saint Hilarian of
Espalion, Martyr - 8th century
The local legend is that the priest St. Hilarian was beheaded by the Moslems on the hill that is now the site of the 12th century church of St. Hilarian de Perse, just outside of Espalion. Thus in images he wears a chasuble and holds his detached head in his hands.
A locally produced website tells more about St. Hilarian (cached).
At left, St. Hilarian's statue at his church in Espalion.
Relief near Espalion