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Famous Medieval Saints

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Famous Medieval Saints
There were many famous Medieval saints. But how were these men and women made saints and why were they made saints? A Saint is a term used in Christian religions which is used to describe a man or woman who is perceived of being an example of great holiness and virtue and considered capable of interceding with God on behalf of a person who prayed to them.

Saints are men and women who have died, and subsequently declared a saint by canonization. Only the Roman Catholic Church has an official process for creating saints. And this was the main Christian religion prior to the reformation movements. There are two main categories of Roman Catholic saints: martyrs and confessors. Famous Medieval Saints were therefore referred to as martyrs or confessors. A martyr is regarded as a man or woman who is put to death for their faith or convictions. Confessors are the famous Medieval Saints who died natural deaths.

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Famous Medieval Saints
Famous Medieval Saints include the following people who lived during the Middle Ages whose biographies may be accessed on this site:

Joan of Arc was famous for rousing the French against the English during the Hundred Years War
Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan of Arc on 16 May 1920

Thomas Becket was famous as the Archbishop of Canterbury whose quarrels with King Henry II of England led to his murder in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. Thomas Becket was declared a martyr, and in 1173, he was canonized by Pope Alexander on July 12, 1174

The Venerable Bede was famous as an Historian and scholar who was known as "the father of English history". The Venerable Bede was canonized in 1899, recognised as Doctor of the Church, Rome by Pope Leo XIII.

Thomas Aquinas was famous as one of the greatest theologians of the Catholic Church. Thomas Aquinas was pronounced a saint by Pope John XXII on 18 July 1323

Albertus Magnus was famous as a German Philosopher & Theologian and Scientist. Albertus Magnus was beatified in 1622 and canonized in 1931.

Fra Angelico was famous as an artist of the Medieval Florentine of the Middle Ages. Fra Angelico specialised in pietistic painting (demonstratively religious art) and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982.

List of Famous Medieval Saints
The following list of Famous Medieval Saints provides the names of these famous martyrs and confessors. The links provide access to detailed information about the lives and deaths of these famous Medieval saints.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (August 20th) has for his attributes in Christian Art a demon fettered to his feet, or to a rock beside him, in token of his success in putting down heresy, and writing materials, in allusion to his homilies in praise of the Virgin. (Died 1153.)

Saint Bonaventura died in A.D. 1274

Saint Clare died in A.D. 1253

Saint Dominic died in A.D. 1221

Saint Francis of Assisi died in 1226

Saint John Nepomuk died in A.D. 1393

Saint Roch died in A.D. 1327

Saint Rosalia died in A.D. 1160

Saint Yves died in A.D. 1303

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