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Check your sources about today

by on November 4, 2019

Looking up “November 4” on Google I’m lead to https://www.onthisday.com.  The first mention is that in 922 Richarius became bishop of Luik, and next that in 1333 the Arno River flooded, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani (OnThisDay lists 208 important events in history on November 4).

In the interest of finding out more, I looked up Richarius.  Wikipedia refers me to Saint Richarius, who lived in at the end of the 6th century.  He had an interesting life as a pagan who was converted  to Christianity by two Welsh missionaries he saved.  He started a monestary, impressed king Dagobert I who gave him money which Richarius used to ransom prisoners in England, and had an interesting life according to his chroniclers who wrote about him a hundred years later.

Saint Richarius, who lived in the 6th century is not the Richarius who became bishop of Luik in 922.  Also, last I checked (and according to the Wikipedia article that Wikipedia links to) England was not a country at the end of 6th century.  The Anglo-Saxons were fighting the Danes.

I was curious about Luik, and whether it mentioned that Richarius became bishop in 922.  It turns out that Luik is usual called Liège, a city in eastern Belgium.  There is no mention of Richarius.

A lot of things happen every November 4.  I’m sure that some person that might have been Richarius at some point founded a monestary in a city  that has blossomed to 1,200 residents.

I’m fairly certain, though, that this same Richarius did not become bishop of Liège,

Check your sources.

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