St James the Greater (Biographical details)

St James the Greater (biblical figure; saint/martyr; Male; fl. 1stC)

Also known as

St James the Greater; St James; Jacobus Maior; St James of Compostela; St James the Moorslayer; St James Major Apostle; Apostle; Boanerges; James; Santiago

Biography

Christian saint, apostle and New Testament figure; son of Zebedee (q.v.) and brother of St John the Evangelist (q.v.), beheaded by Herod Agrippa I (q.v.). He later miraculously appeared to fight for the Christian army during the battle of Clavijo in 844AD during the Reconquista, hence called Matamoros (Moorslayer). Patron saint of Spain; symbol a staff.