Seven Champions of Christendom
The Seven Champions of Christendom is a moniker referring to
St. George, the Apostle Andrew, St. Patrick, St. Denis, St. James Boanerges, St. Anthony the Lesser, and St. David. They are patron-saints of, respectively, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, and Wales.
The Apostle James is often portrayed, anachronistically, (though legend portrays God as sending St. James the Greater to the
Battle of Clavijo) as fighting formidably against the Moors, whilst St. George is usually thought of as being a knightly dragon-slayer. The legend of St. Patrick casting all of the serpents out of Ireland is also quite famous. The stories of the Seven Champions were especially popular in Europeduring the Dark Ages. Four of the Seven Champions, St. Andrew, St. George, St. James, and St. Denis, died as martyrs.
*"Compton's Encyclopaedia:21 (S-Sousa)".
*"Encyclopaedia Britannica Concise:Anthony of Padua, Saint"
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