The Bishop of Chartres uses the Virgin Mary’s tunic as a banner

Pocket Bard’s notes: This is a very short story, but I think it’s got a lot of potential. Not only does it have the usual miraculous element (Mary’s tunic causing disarray and blinding in a besieging army) but also a morality element (don’t go overboard in taking revenge).


The Bishop of Chartres uses the Virgin Mary’s tunic as a banner
The Golden Legend, Volume II, trans. William Granger Ryan, p.82

The duke of Normandy was besieging the city of Chartres. The Virgin’s tunic was preserved there, and the bishop of the city attached it to a spear, thus making a sort of banner. With this for protection he went out to confront the hostile troops, with the townspeople following him. At the sight of this display the attackers were bereft of their senses, blinded, shaken to the core, thrown into disarray. The townsfolk thereupon went far beyond the divine judgment, fell upon the opposing troops, and slaughtered them unmercifully. This greatly displeased Mary, as was proved by the sudden disappearance of her tunic and the fact that the enemy militia promptly recovered their sight.

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