(c. 814—876) bishop of Fiesole

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(d. 876), Irish monk, bishop of Fiesole. He left his Irish homeland, went on pilgrimage to Rome, and on his way back happened to arrive at Fiesole when a new bishop was being chosen: as soon as he entered the cathedral the bells rang, the lamps were lit, and he was acclaimed (c.829). He served under Lotharius and Louis the Pious, which meant among other duties leading his troops against the Saracens, and obtained the right to hold his own court and levy taxes. He was also a scholar and teacher: his works include a Life of Brigid, a poem in praise of Ireland, and his own epitaph. He founded a hospice for Irish pilgrims dedicated to St Brigid, and took part in the Roman Council of 861. He died and was buried at Fiesole: his relics were translated to the present cathedral in 1817. Feast: 22 October.

From The Oxford Dictionary of Saints in Oxford Reference.

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