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Saint Guthlac of Croyland. Born to the Mercian noblity, he served a soldier and used his freedom and skill in arms to amass a fortune in looted treasure. In 697, however, he had a conversion, gave up the violent and worldly life, and lived in a swamp that was thought at the time to be the home of monsters and demons.

From Life of Saint Paul by Jerome and Life of Saint Guthlac England, probably Canterbury, probably 2nd quarter of 11th century 9 3/4 x 6 3/16 in. (24.7 x 15.7 cm) Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, MS 389

comeoverandhelpus: 1693 woodcut depicting Boston cleric Cotton Mather interacting with the Devil from within a magic circle.

Saint Guthlac being tonsured under the oversightof his abbess, Ælfthryth