He was Queen Catherine's confessor and her only champion and advocate.
They in return gladly accepted a champion who lent them the prestige and influence of the church.
Hence the strength with which a champion of the faith like Anselm insists on the subordination of reason.
Our greatest Champion, Overman-Anu, once climbed the spiral stairway and fought nine days with the Gargoyles before he could escape them and come back; but he could never be induced to describe the dreadful creatures, and soon afterward a bear caught him and ate him up.
This icon of the Venerable Sergius, the servant of God and zealous champion of old of our country's weal, is offered to Your Imperial Majesty.