Saint Patrick’s Day

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On the occasion of the feast day of Saint Patrick, Folia Magazine presents an illumination portraying one of the most peculiar legends surrounding the Saint.

The illumination above, in fact, depicts the Baptism of Aengus, King of Munster, which Saint Patrick was asked to perform. According to reports, whilst celebrating the rite, Patrick allegedly and unknowingly pierced Aengus' foot with his staff: the King did not complain, assuming the act was part of the ceremony - a sort of revival of the Crucifixion.

"Saint Patrick", Illumination from the "Legenda Aurea of Iacobus de Varagine", ms. HM 3027, f. 40v, 13th century, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.

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