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778, Fulda – As pagan Saxon warriors closed in, the monks fled for their lives. With them was their most precious possession, the bones of the martyred Boniface.

They feared that their enemy would slaughter everyone and burn their monastery. They spent a night at a daughter house and then three days in tents before learning it was safe to return. Men in the area had rallied beaten back the Saxons.

St. Boniface Crypt, Fulda Cathedral

Saint Boniface Crypt, Fulda Cathedral, Germany (image released to public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

What made Boniface so important that the monks risked their safety to protect his remains? Boniface had supervised the monastery’s founding, but the monks didn’t protect his body only for sentiment. At that time, Boniface might have been canonized – he is “of saintly memory” when the Royal Frankish Annals were written in the 790s – and his bones were now relics, attributed with supernatural power.

Yet that brings up another question: What kind of a life did Boniface lead to make him worthy of sainthood? For that, see my debut post on one of my favorite blogs, English Historical Fiction Authors.