Father Barbican was an author who, in the publication Orb, speculates that prayers addressed to Saint Floradora after she was removed as an official saint were "probably picked up by some other saint" (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 84).


A barbican is a fortified outpost or gateway, such as an outer defense to a city or castle, or any tower situated over a gate or bridge which was used for defensive purposes[1].

"It’s the sort of odd word John collected, many of which make amusing names.[2]"


  1. Wikipedia: Barbican
  2. Correspondence with Charles Bowen.

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