Just a generation after Saint Philbert's death, the Vikings came to pillage this island. The monks, terrified, took his body and moved inland fleeing the marauders and paying for their stay by leaving relics along the route (a relic is usually a part of a saint's body, but it can be her or his clothes, tools, or other objects directly associated to the saint's life). When the flight was over and the Vikings themselves had converted to Christianity -- they were given the land we call Normandy in exchange for this good behavior -- the monks returned here and brought with them a couples of prize relics -- a rib and a vertebra from Saint Philbert's holy body.
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