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Historical Archive: Life of St. Martin of Tours

Embroidered altar frontal from St. Martin de Liège
Silk, gold, and silver. Second half of the 14th century.
Brussels, Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Musée du Cinquantenaire


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angel musician; Martin shares his cloak with a beggar
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Martin baptized and ordained exorcist by St. Hilary of Poitiers
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Martin raises the dead
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Martin chosen Bishop of Tours
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miraculous Mass (Martin given cloth by an angel); Martin revives a child and converts witnesses
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Martin cuts down a sacred tree and destroys a pagan temple
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Martin heals a paralytic in Trier
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miraculous burning of the imperial throne (forcing Valentinian to stand before Martin)
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Martin refuses a gift from the empress and accepts one from a reculse
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death of Martin
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Bishop Severus of Cologne points out to his archdeacon angelic song on the death of Martin
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Normans defeated by Martin's relics; relics returned home
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Martin and Brice of Tours heal Bishop Heraclius of Liège
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Bishop Heraclius builds the Collégiale de St. Martin in Liège; censing angel
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detail: death of Martin
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detail: death of Martin
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full embroidery (2.08 MB)