Martyr of unknown date,
recorded by Bede and some early martyrologies, mentioned by Gregory of Tours as having a church dedicated to him. The place where he suffered, Augusta Veromanduorum, is now called Saint-Quentin (Aisne). These bare facts of his martyrdom were supplemented by an implausible legend. This makes him a Roman citizen who came to preach the Gospel in Gaul with Lucian of Beauvais; Quentin preached at Amiens where the probably fictitious prefect Rictiovarus arrested and interrogated him, finally killing him by a series of fearsome tortures, graphically illustrated in the early medieval illustrated Life of the saint which survives at Saint-Quentin. His relics were translated in 835. Feast: 31 October, in the Sarum calendar, many English medieval monasteries and elsewhere.
AA.SS. Oct. XIII (1883), 725–820 with Propylaeum, p. 487; A. Poncelet, ‘Carmina de S. Quintino’, Anal. Boll., xx (1901), 1–44.