Found project: Basilique de St-Martin (ruine)


    Project : Basilique de St-Martin (ruine)

    Language variant : St. Martin (ruins of)

    Architect : n/a

    Completion: 13th c.

    Locality : Tours

    Country : France

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    Description :

    "An extraordinary importance was attached by the ancients on certain occasions to words spoken in their presence. Often when on the point of engaging in a perilous enterprise, they went out of their house to collect the chance phrases scattered by the passers-by, or sent a slave to listen to what was spoken in the streets, and so endeavoured to decipher some dim indications of the future.

    In the Middle Ages, this usage, though a little modified was maintained for several generations. Clovis, when on the eve of marching against Alaric sent some deputies to the basilica of St Martin of Tours saying to them: 'Go, and you will find perhaps in the holy temple some presage of victory.'…The envoys duly arrived at the gate of the holy basilica, and, the moment they passed in, the following passage burst upon their gladdened ears: 'For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.' (Psalm XVIII: 39, 40). Having listened to this psalm, and given thanks to God, and presented the royal gifts to the priests, they went away full of joy to announce to the king this presage of victory."

    W.H. Davenport Adams, Dwellers on the threshold or Magic and Magicians with some illustrations of human error and imposture, Vol. II, John Maxwell and company, London, 1864, pp. 191-192.

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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    Basilique de St-Martin (ruine)
    Basilique de St-Martin (ruine)
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski