(d. c. 537)

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(d. c.537),

bishop of Bayeux. Born at Artois, Vigor was educated at Arras by Vedast, became a preaching hermit at Ravière (nr. Bayeux), was ordained priest, and continued missionary work further afield. In 513 he became bishop, and distinguished himself for his assault on idolatry by demolishing a large and famous idol and building a church on the same site. He gave his name to Saint-Vigeur-le-Grand, a town near Bayeux where he founded a monastery; Vigor is also mentioned in the Life of Paternus. Two ancient churches were dedicated to him in England, doubtless through Norman influence. Feast: 1 November, but often moved to one of the subsequent days owing to the feast of All Saints being also on 1 November.

AA.SS. Nov. 1 (1887), 287–306; B.L.S., xi. 6.

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