Forty-two Martyrs of Amorion

   Saints executed on 6 March 845 for refusing to convert to Islam (q.v.). According to the legend they were carried off after the capture of Amorion (q.v.) in 838 by the caliph Mutasim (q.v.) to his new capital on the Tigris (q.v.), Samarra. After seven years in prison they failed to convert and were beheaded. The story relates that their bodies were thrown into the river, but they miraculously floated to the top of the water. This is Byzantium's (q.v.) last great legendary tale of group martyrdom.

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