Sunday, November 01, 2009

Saint Oswald

For All Saints Day, here's Oswald, sainted king of Northumbria. Died of general dismemberment at the hands of the Mercians, who showed none. His head and body parts were distributed far and wide and his bones became relics. Even the dirt upon which he stood when he was killed was thought to be either blessed or magic or both and was removed a pocketful at a time until the hole left behind was big enough to be the grave of two men. It is unknown if two men were found to fill it.

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