This is my favorite saint! He threw an apostate (or was it a heretic?) out of a window, he provided aid to young women who couldn't afford dowries, and of course, he was your all around strong but beneficent bishop, stylin' in those robes!
My fascination began at about the age of 8, when reading about him and admiring him and observing 'his day' was outside the bounds of my puritain upbringing. I felt like a subversive, imagining that I was making a connection along the centuries to this noble man I imagined.