Axe of Martin

Willibrord  (658 – 739 AD) was a Northumbrian missionary saint, known as the „Apostle to the Frisians“ in the modern Netherlands. He became the first Bishop of Utrecht…

Bede says: „Pepin gave Willibrord a place for his episcopal see in his famous castle, which, in the ancient language of those people (who originally built it), is called Wiltaburg (the town of the Wilti), but in the French tongue Utrecht…“

Wilti, of Wiltzi were a West Slavic tribe. During the time of Charlemagne, Wilti were in alliance with the Saxons, fighting against the Franks who were allied with another Slavic tribe, Obodriti…

You can read more about Slavs among Anglo Saxons in my post which talks about the 1906 book „Origin of the Anglo – Saxon race“ by Thomas William Shore…

Now this is very interesting. Here is why:

The Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht has a relic in its collection which is called „the hammer of St. Martin of Tours“. It was made in the 13th or 14th century from a late Bronze Age stone axe from ca. 1,000 – 700 BC, though the dating is uncertain…

St Patrick und die Ziege

I cant believe that I have reached number eight in my series of blog posts on the Irish saints and their animals. St Patick has previously featured with his miraculous cow and he makes an appearance again on account of his association with a magical goat. I’m very grateful to Christy Cunnliff the Galway Archaeological Field Officer […]

über Holy Cows. The Miraculous Animals of the Irish Saints: Part 8, St Patrick and his Goat — Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland