What became of Saint Genadio?
- From: "Scott Tortorice" <crusaderscott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2006 22:40:59 -0400
I recently was reading a chess article
(http://www.goddesschess.com/chessays/eurochess.pdf) that contained the
following information concerning an early chess-playing monk who would later
become a saint:
"Which are the oldest Chess pieces in Europe? This fascinating question can
now be answered with almost complete certainty. In the Leon town of Peñalba
de Santiago, in the region of El Bierzo, close to Astorga, four small ivory
pieces have existed for centuries, pieces that have been carefully guarded,
considered as precious and magical relics belonging to the Founder Saint of
the monastery that is currently in ruins. According to the dates, these
would be the oldest pieces in Europe, independent from the fact that they
are dated at the same period as the founding of the monastery (year 900),
thus as would be logical they probably date from years before, transmitted
by way of the Mozarabics from the Andalusi Muslim areas.
The impressive ruins of the Church-Monastery of Santiago, built in the year
900 by a canonised Mozarabic, Saint Genadio, are found right in the middle
of the town. Saint Genadio, Bishop of Astorga between the years 898-920,
followed the instructions of his friend King Alfonso III of Leon, for whom
he also exercised as confessor. Saint Genadio is the first Christian Saint
related with Chess. He died in the year 936 and he is buried in the counter
apse of his beloved church in Peñalba, where he had lived for the last
sixteen years of his life. Earlier on in his life he had been the Bishop of
Astorga, although later on he basically became into a hermit, whit his
favourite place for meditation being a cave that was close to the Oza River,
the waters of which miraculously enough and according to local legend, " do
not murmur as they pass in front of the cave."
I never head of a chess-playing saint before! What ever became of this
saint? I have looked him up but cannot find any reference to him.
Just simple curiosity on the part of the Roman Catholic chess player....
The first essential for an attack is the will to attack! - Saviely
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