The monks of St. Martin of Tours killed in their luxury


Below is a copy of “The monks of St. Martin of Tours killed in their luxury” from a French manuscript dated, c. 1451-1472. I’ve no idea what the story is behind this recorded event.

There was a massacre of monks by Normans at Marmoustier Abbey, Tours in the 9th Century….perhaps the manuscript illustration refers to this??

The monks of St. Martin of Tours killed in their luxury

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I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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4 Responses to The monks of St. Martin of Tours killed in their luxury

  1. cretius says:

    Celibacy is unnatural and a construct of the Roman church in the second millennium after Christ. Churchmen at all levels, including Popes, broke the rule. I think other factors were behind the massacre, perhaps plunder. Normans after all were Vikings.

  2. drofmit4108 says:

    These ‘celibate’ monks seem to be in the close company of the fair sex… could that be the reason behind the massacre?

    • Jim McNeill says:

      Well Jim, I’m not too sure – the pillage by Huguenots took place in 1562 and the illustration has been dated as c. 1451-1472 so that doesn’t fit. I’d not have thought that it depicted the early Norman attack on the monestry. So, I think it’s a bit of a mystery.

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