The islanders of Rugen, in the Baltic, had been converted by monks of Corvey, who built there a church in honour of their patron saint St Vitus. In 1168, Waldemar of Denmark conquered the island, took stock of its religion, and found that St Vitus had become a monstrous image with four heads, to which all kinds of sacrifices were offered, even human . . . 'These people having relapsed into idolatry, forgot the true God and substituted for Him this martyr, whom in their tongue they called Suantovit, making him into an idol . . .' "How's that, Cthulu meets D&D!?
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Four-Headed Saint
Been reading The Medieval Village by G. G. Coulton. Not sure I'd recommend it, it's kind of a rambly, scholarly book from 1925. But it does have fascinating little medieval nuggets scattered throughout, like this from pg 265: