530-609

Circa 530, Ceneda (near Treviso), Italy.

609, Poitiers, France.

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Fortunatus converted to Christianity at an early age, at Aquileia. While a student at Ravenna, he became almost blind, but recovered his sight, as he believed miraculously, by anointing his eyes with oil taken from a lamp that burned before the altar of St. Martin of Tours. His recovery induced him to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Martin at Tours, in 565. He remained in Gaul the rest of his life.

At Poitiers, he formed a romantic, though purely platonic, attachment for Queen Rhadegunda, daughter of Bertharius, king of Neustria. As a result of her influence, Fortunatus was eventually ordained and, after Rhadegunda’s death, became bishop of Poitiers shortly before his own death in 609.

  1. Pange lingua gloriosi proelium certaminis
  2. Quem terra, pontus, aethera
  3. Salve festa dies toto venerabilis aevo
  4. See the Destined Day Arise
  5. Tempora florigero rutilant distincta sereno
  6. Vexilla Regis

Fortunatus’ burial place