Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten, or Martin of Tours, lived in the Roman Empire during the fourth century, where he served in the cavalry as a young man. In a famous incident, he cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar. Even though he became a pacifist after his conversion and left the military, in later centuries the Frankish kings kept his cloak as a relic that they would bring with them into battle. The priest who carried this relic was called a 'cappellanu', which is the precursor to the word 'chaplain'. Bart Willen illustrated the story of Saint Martin in LEGO form.

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