Saturday, December 23, 2017

A History of Santa Claus

From Medievalists:
As the cult of St. Nicholas grew throughout the Early Middle Ages, his tomb in Myra became a popular pilgrimage site. In 1087 Italians from the town of Bari raided the church where his relics were being kept and forced the Byzantine monks to hand over half of his bones. A few years later Venetian crusaders took the remaining relics. Meanwhile, the Byzantine monks would later say they gave the westerners fake relics, and that they still possess the real remains. (Read more.)

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