Wednesday January 28th 2015
Mathurin, or Maturin for
the benefit of the spell checker is Maturinus, a man
who died around 300AD and is venerated as a Saint in
both the Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Church. As a
youth he secretly converted to the Christian faith, he
performed the odd miracle, he had a wonderful ability to
drive out demons, calm rowdy individuals and rioters.
And probably he was a joy to be around, confident, holy
decent and upright.
In the course of
the succeeding centuries, and because of his ability to
drive out demons he became a Patron Saint for the Insane.
Sensibly enough, he also became a Patron Saint for Comedians
and Jesters. As well he became a Patron Saint for Sailors
and for Tin Smiths, a Gypsy occupation. And for one reason
or another he became a Patron Saint for Plumbers. However,
there is no Patron Saint of Thieves there is only a Patron
Saint of Repentant Thieves. His name is Nicholas, a bossy
sort of name, so we writers of pulp do on occasion lean
toward renting in twain the whole cloth. Either way, Saint
Mathurin figures large in The Rabbit of Usk