[MR] St. Crispin/Crispian

Garth Groff via Atlantia atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org
Sat Oct 24 10:25:36 PDT 2015

Noble Friends,

Tomorrow is the feast day of the twin saints Crispin and Crispian, 25 
October. This is, of course, also the day the famous battle of Agincourt 
was fought in 1415. So who were these two saints?

According to Wikipedia, they were 3rd century martyrs executed on the 
orders of Emperor Diocletian at Soissons: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispin_and_Crispinian . Although they 
were removed from the official feast calendar by Vatican II, they are 
still listed in the Catholic martyrology: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Crispin%27s_Day . Another source (with 
a cool graphic) says their martyrdom was at the hands of Emperor 
Maximian and their execution was in Rome: 
http://catholicsaints.info/saint-crispian/ . Take your choice. Either 
way, they are the patron saints of shoemakers, and a famous line of 
high-quality shoes bears the name of Crispin.

Not surprisingly, given the practice of naming Catholic children after 
saints, there are numerous other Saints named Crispin. We'll leave them 
for another time.

Yours Aye,

Lord Mungo Napier, That Crazy Scot

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