Braulio of Saragossa

(c. 585—651)

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(d. 650),

bishop. He is one of the most famous of early Spanish saints, both as pastor and writer. He was born of a noble Hispano-Roman family, his father Gregory being bishop of Osma, while his two brothers and a sister all obtained important office in the Church. In 610 Braulio became a monk, but he later joined the school of Isidore at Seville, whose famous Etymologies are said to have been written at Braulio's request. In 624 Isidore aggregated him to the city clergy, but in 625 Braulio returned to Saragossa. When his brother, then bishop of the town, died in 631, Braulio succeeded him. As bishop he was notable for the austerity of his life, his almsgiving, and his frequent preaching. He took part in the councils of Toledo in 633, 636, and 638, and helped to bring the Visigoths to orthodoxy from Arianism. He also answered an accusation by Pope Honorius I that the Spanish bishops had been unduly lenient towards Jews who had become Christians but subsequently lapsed. In 650 he became half-blind and died the same year. His cult was soon approved by the local church. As a writer he generally ranks after Isidore, to whom some of his extant letters were addressed. He also wrote Lives of Spanish saints including those of Saragossa. There and in Seville notable pictures of him survive. Feast: 26 March. He is patron saint of Aragon.

Letters ed. by J. Madoz (1941); modern Life by C. H. Lynch (1938). See also N.C.E., ii. 761 and Bibl. SS., iii. 391–4.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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