So Nicholas of Tolentino did it. Francis of Assisi did the same. 

Is this a familiar practice amongst Christomimetic saints? Does it pre-date 
the thirteenth-century growth of Eucharistic piety? 

(I refuse to say 'topos' because I trust that it happened in what we 
naively used to call real life, you know, that historical phenomenon which 
sometimes is said to exist outside of literature -:). [George, have I used 
the new sign language correctly?]

Gary Dickson
University of Edinburgh