Read the stories about St Martin of Tours, one of the most popular saints in medieval and modern Europe
During his lifetime, St Martin was called upon as a venerable ascetic and bishop. Later, in the 6th century, he was turned into a local saint of Tours. Notwithstanding the primary identification of St Martin as a monk and not a soldier, he was soon recruited as a missionary and heroic saint, with whom warriors and soldiers might readily identify. As such he moved effortlessly through the missionary landscapes at the fringes of Europe – at first Gothic Italy and Frankish Gaul, later Anglo-Saxon England, Scandinavia and further into the Baltic Sea. Finally, in 10th century, St Martin was officially hailed as the prototype of the Christian knight. At the same time, however, he was deftly turned into a popular saint and protector of the poor. It is as such we know of him today.
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