St. Jerome is the victim of a practical joke

Pocket Bard’s notes: This one’s short and sweet and fun. I love the idea of St. Jerome walking into church in women’s clothing. I mean, who wouldn’t?


St. Jerome is the victim of a practical joke
The Golden Legend, Volume II, trans. William Granger Ryan, p.212

At the age of twenty-nine Jerome was ordained a cardinal priest in the church of Rome, and when Pope Liberius died, Jerome was acclaimed by all to be worth of the pontifical chair. But he had denounced some monks and clerics for their lascivious lives, and they were so resentful that they began to lay snares for him. John Beleth tells us, for instance, that they used a woman’s clothing to create a false impression of him. He got up one morning to go to matins, as was his custom, and found at his bedside a woman’s gown, which, thinking it was his own, he put on and so proceeded into the church. His adversaries, of course, had done this in order to make it look as if he had a woman in his room.

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