An English knight wrote a travel diary of sights that he visited all around the world in the 14th century. Sir John Maudeville left England in September, 1322 to see the world. He wrote extensively about his travels and as a pilgrim to the Holy Land (Jerusalem and the surrounding area). His account of the legend of miraculous roses in a field near Bethlehem has been handed down in literature, and children’s stories. He described a field between the town of Bethlehem and a magnificent Church that marked the site of Christ’s birth. The field was the site of miraculous roses that flourished in an age long ago.
A young and beautiful maiden was falsely accused of fornication, a sin punishable by death at the time. Her sentence was to be burned to death. Branches and sticks were piled up and a fire was kindled. The maiden prayed that God would reveal her innocence in the sin she stood accused of. As soon as the woman was led into the fire, the flames extinguished and the burning branches transformed into red roses! Branches that fire had not touched became bushes full of white roses. Witnesses saw the death scene transformed into beautiful red and white roses, the universal colors of God’s mercy in the world. The field that was the site of the miracle came to be known in Olde English as the “feeld of God florished” or Field Floridus because of the roses that were made manifest proximate to where the Christ Child was born.