St. Nicholas Classic Sources

The oldest surviving accounts from the 5th century, the oldest complete 9th century biography, thirteen stories from The Golden Legend, contemporary source material on the Translation of the Relics, and more.

Saint Nicolas
Wood block illumination from a Book of Hours, Paris, France, 1507
St Nicholas Center Collection
Stratelatis or Military Officers
Anonymous Greek account from around AD 400
Encomium on Nicholas of Myra
by St. Proclus, Archbishop of Constantiople, AD 440
Encomium of St. Nicholas of Myra 
by Andrew of Crete, early 8th century
The Life of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
by Michael the Archimandrite, 9th century
The Life and Miracles of Our Holy Father, Saint Nicholas Bishop for Myra
by Methodius, Patriarch of Constantinople, ca. 845
Vita Compilata: The Collected Life of Nicholas of Myra
Anonymous, 9th - 10th century
The Life of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
selections by Symeon the Metaphrast, ca 912
Nicholas of Myra. VII. Synaxarion
drawn from five 10th - 14th century manuscripts
The Life of St. Nicholas the Bishop
thirteen stories from The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine, 1275
Vita sancti Nicholai
MS Laud 108, the first English life of Nicholas, 1280-90
From the Life of St Nicholas
selections from Bergr Sokkason, early 14th century
Saint Nicholas, Confessor, Archbishop of Myra 
by the Rev. Alban Butler, 1756-59, 1866 edition
Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
from The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints (ca 1940)
Saint Nicholas of Myra
from Lives of Saints, 1954
Translation of Saint Nicholas
Earliest account, written by Nicephorus immediately after the arrival in Bari, May 9, 1087
Translation of Saint Nicholas
13th Century anonymous Greek account
Literary Development of the "Life" of St Nicholas of Myra
A chronology of Nicholas biographies, wonder stories, and later literature by Roger Pearse


Thirteen primary sources  in Italian from the Centro Studi Nicolaiani, Bari, Italy

Traditional Stories & Legends
Life of St. Nicholas shown in images
Modern Miracles
More Stories & Poems

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