and the Three Kings
is no biblical source for the Three
Kings. Matthew mentions the magi or wise ones but no kings, no names, no number, not
their sex! (Matthew 2:1-16). The story of the Three Kings, so widely
at Christmas, arises from a tale by one John of Hildesheim, a
century cleric. And it was the Venerable Bede (672-735) who was the first to describe Balthasar as the black king
although he was never represented as such until the XIV century and, even then, this did not become generalised until the XVI century.
is a shrine in Cologne
Cathedral housing the reliquary of the Three Kings. When last opened in 1864,
found to contain the almost complete skeletons of three bodies,
Helena, mother of King Constantine, in the Holy Land around 330AD, which
then wrapped in white silk and replaced.
on 5 January,
children all over Mallorca eagerly await the arrival of Kings Melchior,
Balthazar, and Gaspar, bearing gifts.It is reputed that if children have been naughty, the Kings will only leave carbón or coal, hard, black and sugary!