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Hermit (5th century (?).

One of the most beautiful of France's wine towns had at its origin the home in a cave of a largely unknown solitary, who eventually preached to the people who settled near him. If documentation is slight, surviving buildings are impressive: an underground church, a hermit's cell, a later fine church, and remains of a monastery with cloister. The steep slopes and the suitability of the stone for excavation combine to preserve the memory of one who gave his name to one of the best wines of Bordeaux. Feast: 16 November.

10th century Life ed. by E. Allain in Anal. Boll. xiii (1894), 426–39; Bibl. SS., iv. 1195.

Subjects: Christianity.


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