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Leufred

(d. 738)


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(d. 738),

abbot. Born near Évreux, he studied locally, then at Chartres, decided to teach other boys, but changed his mind and became a hermit, and then a monk under the Irish St Sidonius of Rouen. He eventually returned to his own country and built a monastery, first called La-Croix-Saint-Ouen and later La-Croix-Saint-Leufroy. He is said to have been abbot for forty-eight years. The Life on which the above details depend was written more than 100 years after his death and has little authority. His relics were translated first in 851 and later to Saint-Germain-des-Prés. In 1222 they were returned to their first resting-place. Feast: 21 June, as in the calendars of southern monasteries, Hereford, and York.

AA.SS. Iun. V (1709), 91–100; critical edn. by W. Levison, M.G.H., Scriptores rerum merov., vii(i), 1–18; B.L.S., vi. 159–60; J. B. Mesuel, Saint Leufray, abbé de la Croix (1918).

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