Born: Circa 530, Ceneda (near Treviso), Italy.
Died: 609, Poitiers, France.
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.
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