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This week's featured web pages are devoted to Saint Eligius. This past Friday, December1st, was the festival day of St. Eligius. Most commonly known as the patron saint of goldsmiths and blacksmiths, Eligius is also considered to be the patron saint of minters, minting, numismatics, and numismatists.
"Eligius (also known as Eloi) was born around 590 near Limoges in France. He became an extremely skillful metalsmith and was appointed master of the mint under King Clotaire II of Paris. Eligius developed a close friendship with the King and his reputation as an outstanding metalsmith became widespread. With his fame came fortune. Eligius was very generous to the poor, ransomed many slaves, and built several
churches and a monastery at Solignac."
To see what St. Eligius may have looked like, refer to the painting "St. Eligius in His Workshop", created in 1449 by Petrus Christus (active 1444-1472/73 Oil on wood, 98 x 85 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The second page shows a statue of St. Eligius in France.
For details of his life, see The Medieval Sourcebook: The Life of St. Eligius, 588-660
Wayne Homren, Editor
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