(d. 676)

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(d. 676),

bishop of Clermont, martyr. A native of the Auvergne, and educated by its bishop Genesius, he became a priest and, in 666, bishop. He founded monasteries, churches, and hospitals; his preaching revealed his learning and devotion. His death was due to intrigues and violence. Hector, ruler of Marseilles, was accused of outrages and misdemeanours. At the order of the emperor Childeric he was arrested and executed. Agritius believed this to be due to Praejectus and organized revenge. The bishop was stabbed and an assassin killed him with a sword, scattering his brains. Praejectus was venerated as a martyr. The cult spread to English monastic calendars of the 11th and 12th centuries. Feast: 25 January.

AA.SS. Ian. II (1643), 628–36; good contemporary Life by a monk of Volvic, ed. B. Krusch, M.G.H., Scriptores rerum merov., v. 212–48; E.B.K. before 1100; E.B.K. after 1100.

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