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Duncan Royale Medieval Santa Claus

Item Sku: 12Medieval
By the twelfth century the legends surrounding St. Nicholas were widely known and accepted. The tales of the marvelous deeds attributed to him had been carried across Europe and Asia Minor by wandering minstrels, crusaders, nomad gypsies, and the occasional invading army.

Having been a recognized saint for some 300 years and a favorite folk hero for 600 years. the physical image of Santa differed from culture to culture mainly due to lack of communication. The means of communication in those days were simply too basic to permit a physical description of Santa acceptable to all.

Usually, St. Nicholas’ beard had been pictured as dark. The beard did not change to white until after 1300 A. D. Since Christianity was still spreading, the legends of St. Nicholas were being interwoven with various pagan traditions and lore, including those of the Norse god Odin. He was visualized as a presence with a long white beard, riding a horse in the sky.

The ability to fly eventually took hold. Until then however, St. Nicholas was generally an earth-bound gypsy wandering from house to house with his gifts and his band of gnomes. (Some of the gnomes had their own identities. See Black Peter).

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