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St Oswald and St John the Baptist – Two Heads are Bigger Than One
Oswald was both a military man and deeply religious, a convert to Irish Christianity whilst in exile on the holy island of Iona, the HQ of St Colm Cille (aka Columba) and his mission to Scotland and the north of England. This potent mix of militarism with religiosity made the cult of Oswald, centred at Regensburg, a core part of the Crusader culture of later times. He was, indeed, the patron saint of Crusaders.