(c. 470—560)

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bishop of Vermandois. He was born at Salency (Picardy) of a Frankish noble family, was educated at Saint-Quentin, and was ordained priest c.505. Much later he was consecrated bishop. He gave the veil to Radegund and is credited with removing his see to Noyon and ruling it together with that of Tournai. But these latter details are suspect through lack of contemporary evidence.

His cult dates from the 6th century and is attested by Venantius Fortunatus and Gregory of Tours. Popular tradition attributes to him, like Swithun, the determination of the weather for forty days after his feast, in accordance with that prevailing on his day. On his feast also the most exemplary girl in the neighbourhood is escorted to the church, crowned with roses, and given a purse of money. Médard was also invoked for toothache. Feast: (in Sarum calendar and elsewhere), 8 June.

Early Life ed. B. Krusch, M.G.H., Auctores Antiquissimi, iv (part 2), 67–73;B.L.S., vi. 66–7.

Subjects: Christianity.

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