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Melaine

(d. c. 535)


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(d. c.535)

has been patron of Mullion, on the Lizard peninsula, and of St Mellyan (Cornwall) since the early Middle Ages. He succeeded Amand as bishop of Rennes and was an adviser of Clovis. His cult spread very rapidly in Brittany. One of his letters survives, requiring Breton priests to renounce the abuse of ‘wandering from cabin to cabin, celebrating Mass on portable altars, accompanied by women who administered the chalice to the faithful’. The abbey of St Melaine at Rennes was built round his tomb, described by Gregory of Tours. His fame probably caused him to supplant the primitive patron of these two parishes who had a similar name, perhaps that of the Breton Mollien, a Celtic missionary monk. Feast: 6 November.

G. H. Doble, The Saints of Cornwall, ii (1962), 109–19.

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