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date: 29 November 2020

Maurice and companions 

The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

David Farmer

(d. c.287),martyrs. The details of the Legend of this popular soldier saint are unhistorical, but reduced to credible proportions may well embody genuine tradition. Maximian the Emperor marched against rebellious Gauls (Bagaudae) with an army which included the Theban Legion, recruited in Egypt and composed exclusively of Christians. At Martigny, near the lake of Geneva, he ordered the whole army to join in sacrifice to the gods for military success. The Theban Legion refused to do so and withdrew to Agaunum (now Saint-Maurice-en-Valais). Maurice was their ... ...

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