St Joseph the Hymnographer

(c. 810—886)

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Greek hymn-writer. He left Constantinople for Rome during the Iconoclastic Controversy, but was captured by pirates and spent some years in slavery. He eventually escaped and c.850 established a monastery at Constantinople. He is said to have composed 1,000 canons. Feast day in the E., 3 Apr.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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