Severinus of Bordeaux

(d. 420)

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Bishop (d. 420).

This saint has often been confused with Severinus of Cologne (23 October), but the new Roman Martyrology affirms they are two different people with different feast days. Severinus came from somewhere in the East to Bordeaux when already a bishop. Venantius Fortunatus makes him bishop of Trier, an area invaded by Franks in 407. We can only speculate on how or why he came to Bordeaux, where bishop Amand welcomed him and made him his successor. He became the city's principal patron, not least because he was reputed to be a miracle-worker in the defence and prestige of the city. Feast: 21 October.

Life by Venantius Fortunatus in W. Levison, Scriptores rer. merov. 7, 205–24;Bibl. SS., xi. 961–3;N.C.E., xiii. 143.

Subjects: Christianity.

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