St Germanus

(c. 496—576)

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Bp. of Paris from 555. A monk before he became bishop, he tried to check the licence of the Frankish kings and to stop the perpetual civil wars. The church of St-Germain-des-Prés stands on the site of his tomb. Feast day, 28 May; of his translation, 25 July.

Two letters, almost certainly wrongly attributed to him, were used by earlier scholars in their reconstruction of the Gallican rite. They were probably written in S. France, c.700.

Subjects: Christianity.

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