a medieval minute: Saint Hubert

Saint Hubert's miraculous vision.

Saint Hubert’s miraculous vision.


I grew up in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The Roman Catholic Church in our town was St. Hubert’s. I knew he was the patron saint of hunters, and that seemed appropriate since we were in a popular deer-hunting area.

Hubert was an avid hunter and had a miraculous conversion upon seeing a crucifix in the antlers of a deer. A voice told him: “Hubert, unless thou turnest to the Lord, and leadest a holy life, thou shalt quickly go down into hell”.

During his vision, Hubert received instructions on ethical hunting: never shoot a female with a fawn, shoot only old stags, and target sick or injured animals.

So, Hubert is not only the patron saint of hunters but also of ethical hunting. He later became a cleric and eventually a bishop.

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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