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NOBLE FAMILIES OF THRYBERGH
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|St. Leonard Reresby|
What you see on this page are four recorded images of the cross from circa 1817 - 2003
The photo on the
left shows the original location, whilst the photo above shows the cross in it's
relocated position. There are two crosses in Thrybergh which can be
found on Doncaster Road and School Lane.
Sir Leonard Reresby was born in Thrybergh.
Leonard become one of the first crusaders, and fought in the Holy Wars. He
was captured by the Saracens and was a prisoner for close to seven years.
Leonard's wife presuming him dead after six years absence was betrothed to
another. Attributed to the power of prayer Sir Leonard was miraculously set
free and transported home in an insensible state, still in his fetters and
shackles and found himself laying in the field at the top of the hill in
Thrybergh. The location being where the stone above stood for centuries
before being relocated. [ See below.] The Church Bells were ringing in
preparation for his wife's second marriage. The wedding was then prevented
by his re-appearance, Sir Leonard requested that he may be taken into the
Church before he was taken home. Shortly after his arrival in the Church Sir
Leonard died. The story does not end there, according to the legend the
shackles which had bound Sir Leonard were kept for a few generations at
Thrybergh until the time of Henry V111. during this reign the shackles were
turned into ploughshares by the Wife of Sir Thomas Reresby.
In 1861 THE EAGLE. A MAGAZINE, SUPPORTED
BY MEMBERS OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE.
It tells us how in very old times the lord of the
manor had an only daughter, heiress of all his lands; how, when a youth of
gentle birth had won her love, they made this cross their trysting-place;
and how, when the young squire went to win renown in the holy fields of
Palestine, by this cross they took their sad farewell. Time passed by, and
at last a report reached Thrybergh that the young knight was dead in Holy
Land. And so with many another fair maiden doubtless of those wild old
times, the heiress of Thrybergh long" wept for her lover slain by the hands
of infidels in that far off land. But as the months rolled by, her father,
doubtless longing to see, ere his death, his daughter united to one who
would worthily uphold the dignity of his ancient house, encouraged a new
suitor. And in those days a father's word was law; the poor maiden bowed to
her fate, and the day was fixed for the marriage. And then the tradition
tells us how she went the evening before to that cross, the old place of
trysting, where she had so often prayed with clasped hands for her dear
knight fighting in those distant lands; how, while kneeling there and
weeping bitter tears, praying for strength to bow to her father's will, the
stalwart warrior whom she had so long mourned, burst into her presence and
elapsed her in his arms! And that night there was joy in Thrybergh.
The year 1817 when James Ross published his book of poems containing SIR LEONARD'S CROSS, the following letter appeared in the first edition of a monthly tabloid "The Northern Star. The drawing below of the cross appeared on the front pages of the same edition.
"To the Editor of the Northern Star.
from among the company.
As his sudden appearance could not
be accounted for by any natural means, it was believed that the knight' had
been brought thither by the help of magic, and that the spot on which he
first touched the ground was the site on which the cross since called
" Sir Leonard's" has been erected. There appears to me Sir, so great a
similarity between this story and that of •- Alonzo the Brave and the fair Imogine," as to make it probable that
one, tradition has served as the foundation for both, or which is equally as
probable, that the poetical Alonzo was the traditional Sir Leonard.
Again there are variations in the legend and obviously J. M. was not aware of St. Leonard of Limousin and suggest the story was inspired by Alonzo the Brave and the fair Imogine, and seemingly was not aware that the cross was in the village for a considerable length of time before the existence of the legend
The two drawings were both drawn in the same period, the top one by D. Jewitt of the Evening star and the one on the left by either James Ross or his wife Anna.
The feast day of St. Leonard of Limousin is
also the feast Day of St Leonard of Reresby
The Two St. Leonards
Sr. Leonard of Reresby, the Benedictines recorded
him as a Saint, and he is today recorded as a Saint by the Catholic Church
as Saint Leonard of Reresby. Now Saints have what you may call a rating and
Sir Leonard's sainthood is stated as a PC which means popular cultus
without any formal approval. The feast day of Saint Leonard is November the
6th. The same feast day as St. Leonard of Limousin
According to the memoirs of Sir John Reresby the Church Alter and also the bell are dedicated to St. Leonard, and there was a picture of St. Leonard Reresby in one of the Church windows, with his chains.
Now here is where it could become confusing between the two St. Leonards, as St Leonard of Limousin was also often depicted holding chains. This window was broken in Sir Johns lifetime. A Family festival was held on a Whit Sunday in memory of St. Leonard. Sir John also makes mention of the fact that the stone cross named St. Leonard's Cross which is still in the village today, was already defaced in the 1600's. The first mention of the Altar being dedicated to our Reresby saint is on a deed dated 1349.
St. Leonard of Limousin lived in the 11th Century and was born to a noble family of Frankish origin in the reign of King Clovis. He had for a godfather St. Remy of Reims. The early life of St. Leonard is not to well recorded and little is known of him until he came to the attention of King Clovis, when he secured a large amount of Prisoners from the King. This act greatly impressed the King and he offered Leonard honours of an episcopal nature. Leonard refused the honours and placed himself in a monastery at Mircy which was near Orleans.
After spending some time at the Monastery Leonard was found next at Aquitaine where he preached the Gospels. The Queen of the Franks in this period was held in confinement and her save delivery was accredited to the prayers of Leonard. As a sign of gratitude the King made a gift of a domain to Leonard which was at Noblac [ today known as St. Leonard ] near Limoges, this is where Leonard founded a Monastery.
A French Historian helps out
Not having the records at hand, I had a theory that the Church was firstly
dedicated to St Leonard of Limousin, a theory that has been confirmed in a
recent correspondence with the French notable historian Claude Husson who at
this moment in time is writing a book on the diffusion of St Leonard of
Noblat's cult. Claude has done a large amount of research into the subject
So lets look at the facts
If there was a Sir Leonard lets say born elsewhere, he would not have been
living in Thrybergh during the time of the crusades.
The Poem by James Ross
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