After having been cured of a grave childhood illness, John's parents consecrated him to the service of God. As a preacher, he inspired many and was gifted at settling arguments. Most notably he was confessor to the queen, wife of Wenceslaus IV (c. 1400, Prague). John was tortured by fire and the rack and was imprisoned after he refused to reveal the queen's confessions to the king. Finally he was thrown from a bridge and drowned and an unearthly glow emanated from the river. Centuries later his body was exhumed and it is said that his tongue was in a perfect state of preservation. He is the patron saint of confessions and keeping secrets.