St Giles

(d. c. 710)

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(?8th cent.),

patron of cripples, beggars, and blacksmiths. According to a 10th-cent. Life, he was an Athenian who became a hermit near the mouth of the Rhône; here he lived on herbs and the milk of a hind. Flavius Wamba, king of the Visigoths, hunted the hind to Giles's abode and, impressed by his holiness, built him a monastery. The town of St-Gilles, which grew up near his grave, became a place of pilgrimage. Feast day, 1 Sept.

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