Martinus of Tours and Maximus

In 384, Martin of Tours had a meeting with the usurper-emperor Magnus Maximus, who was humiliated. It was an important event, marking the Church's ambition to gain control of the imperial court.

Trier, basilicaThe fourth-century author Sulpicius Severus is the author of the Life of Saint Martin, in which he describes the life of the famous Christian leader, who introduced monastic life in Gaul. In 384, Martin had a meeting with the usurper-emperor Magnus Maximus, who was humiliated. The story is offered below in the translation by Peter Schaff.

Two years later, Ambrose of Milan acted in a similar fashion towards the emperor Valentinian II, and later (in 390) towards Theodosius I. After these three incidents in seven years, there could be no misunderstanding about how the Church wanted emperors to behave.

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