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D. 886), and is pictorially represented as early as the thirteenth century. 6. Son of Louis le Debonnaire, and grandson of Charlemagne. He bestowed on the Cathedral of Chartres the holy shift, or veil as it is sometimes called, of the Virgin, which may still be seen by the faithful. It is said to have been given by the Empress Irene to Charlemagne at Constantinople. This Charles, in spite of troubles arising from constant petty warfare, was a great patron of learning, and much encouraged the school of Tours, founded, during the reign of his grandfather, Charlemagne, by Alcuin of York, afterwards Abbot of Tours, and from whence issued, for a time, the earliest complete texts of the Bible.

The strange affinity between the ideas underlying the wonderful stories of magic carpets, cloaks, and caps, and the motive of the protecting mantle of the Virgin, suggests for the latter an Eastern origin. The incident of Odysseus saving himself from his storm-shattered raft with the ÒVeil imperishableÓ which the sea-goddess Leucothea had given him to wind about him before casting himself into the sea, is evidently only another variant of this same idea of supernatural intervention, and leads one to the conclusion that there existed, in the remote past, a common stock of legends and myths, which poets and chroniclers from time to time adapted to their own special environment, just as, later, we find them transformed to suit Christian teaching.

And it delighted him to serve God in this wise as long as he lived. And never after did he enter any church but that he forthwith played on his viol songs and lays of Our Lady. And when that it pleased God that his end should come, he attained unto the glory of Heaven, and through the mediation of Our Lady, whom he joyfully honoured in song, and to whom he gave a taper each year at Roc Amadour, his soul went up to God. Note 1. The pilgrimage to the shrine of our Lady of Roc-Amadour is one of the most ancient in France, and is said to date from the third century, A.

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