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Isidore of Seville

David Farmer

in The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

Fifth edition

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596607
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191727764
Isidore of Seville

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(c.560–636),

archbishop. Born at Seville of a noble family from Cartagena, Isidore was educated mainly by his brother Leander, a monk, but did not become one himself. From this monastic formation he acquired and communicated an encyclopedic knowledge in his books, which became most influential in medieval clerical and monastic education. His importance as archbishop was also considerable. He ruled for thirty-six years, succeeding his brother Leander, and energetically completing his work of converting the Visigoths from Arianism and organizing the Church in Spain through synods and councils. The most notable were the councils of Seville (...

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