Front of Perigueux

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Hermit (4th century (?).

In the close neighbourhood of present-day Perigueux a hermit traditionally known as Front lived, preached, and died: he was buried in a cave under the apse of the present unique cathedral. He has been regarded as the apostle of the Périgord district since the 6th century, when the bishop Chronope built the first church in the town on the site of the present cathedral. The crypt was discovered only in 1872. Five Lives survive of Front, but they are of little historical value. The ancient cult is recorded in the new Roman Martyrology. Feast: 25 October.

R. Amiet, ‘Saint Front dans sa légende’, Bull. de la Soc. historique de Perigord (1995); Bibl. SS., v. 1288–91.

Subjects: Christianity.

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