His cult, very popular, is ancient. Michel has known in the Judaic and christian
tradition like the regular representative of God and entrusted by him to applicate
his orders, near to humans. He has considered like the heavently army's chief, the
celestial prince and protector of Israel people.
The New Testament has appeared him like the winner of the satanic dragon.
In the Jude's epistle, he is showed to argue against the devil concerning the possession
of Moses's corpse. The apocryphale writtingshave often mentioned him.
It's probable in Phrygia that was born his cult, region where he was particularly
considered like the sick's protector.
St Aubert was inspired by a Michel's vision on the Gargano mountain in Italy for
the building of his tomb at the Mont St Michel (France). That contributed to his
veneration in Occident.
He has often considered like the equivalent to Charon, the death's frontier runner
in the pagan's next world.
He was knew by west soldiers like the warrior who protects them and obtains victory
against the maleficent forces. He is the guarantor of good right.
Often represented with a sword, he fighted the dragon and won the battle.
At the medieval epoch, he was represented weighing the death's souls because of one
thought that he had the power to juge them.
Hours of Étienne Knight, enluminées by Jean Fouquet, London, Upton House, Collection
Lord Bearsted, Cat. n°184.
The scene is inspired by chapter 12 of the Apocalypse which describes the combat
of Michel saint against the dragon, symbol of the forces of the Evil Assisted by
the angels, of which one holds its heaume and its lance, Michel raises its sword
on the monster to seven heads in front of a mountainous and fantastic landscape.
Downwards the caves of the hell open where Satan chairs the torture of the hearts.
On the right, one sees in the medium of the flames the dragon from now on pushed
back by the archangel.