May 27 – John the Russian; Anselm of Canterbury

John the Russian (ca. 1690–1730) was born in (what is now) Ukraine, and served as a soldier during the Russo-Turkish War. He was captured in battle and sold into slavery to a Turkish cavalry commander from Prokopion (in Asia Minor). As was not infrequently the case, he was threatened, tortured, beaten, and so forth to… Continue reading May 27 – John the Russian; Anselm of Canterbury