Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1621
Five abbots, probably presbyters, attend and sign the acts of the Council of Chalon (Gaul, AD 647/653) in the name of their absent bishops.
Preceding are the signatures of thirty-nine bishops.
Betto abba ad uicem Latino episcopo ecclesiae Toronice subscripsi.
The signature of one archdeacon.
Germoaldus abba in uicem Audoberto episcopo ecclesiae Parasiace subscripsi.
Paternus abba in uicem Felice episcopo ecclesie Limouicine subscripsi.
Chagnoaldus abba in uicem Chadoaldo episcopo ecclesie Cinnomanice subscripsi.
Bertolfus abba ad uicem Riotero episcopo ecclesie Redonice subscripsi.
(ed. de Clercq 1963: 309)
Preceding are the signatures of thirty-nine bishops.
I, Abbot Betto have signed as the representative of Bishop Latinus of the Church of Tours.
The signature of one archdeacon.
I, Abbot Germoaldus have signed as the representative of Bishop Audobertus of the Church of Paris.
I, Abbot Paternus have signed as the representative of Bishop Felix of the Church of Limoges.
I, Abbot Chagnoaldus have signed as the representative of Bishop Chadoaldus of the Church of Le Mans.
I, Abbot Bertolfus have signed as the representative of Bishop Rioterus of the Church of Rennes.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)


It is difficult to establish with certainty to whom the title abba referred to, a presbyter (in most cases an archpresbyter), or a monastic supervisor. In either case, the abbots mentioned here were probably presbyters, as monastic abbots in seventh-century Gaul were in general ordained.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Chalon
  • Le Mans
  • Paris
  • Limoges
  • Rennes

About the source:

Title: Council of Chalon, Concilium Cabilonense anno 647/653
Origin: Chalon (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The Council of Chalon was convoked by Aega, mayor of the palace of King Clovis II, on the 24th of October. The termini post quem (647) and ante quem (653) of the council are derived from the episcopal signatures (in 647 Vulfoleudus became the metropolitan bishop of Bourges and in 654 new bishops were appointed in Lyon and Vienne). The synod was attended by six metropolitan bishops (from Lyon, Vienne, Rouen, Sens, Bourges, and Besançon), thirty-three other bishops, and one archdeacon and five abbots representing their absent bishops. Attached to the council acts is also the letter sent by the synodal fathers to Theudorius, metropolitan bishop of Arles, in which they deprive him in his episcopal rank.
C. de Clercq ed., Concilia Galliae a. 511-a. 695, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 148 A, Turnhout 1963.
J. Gaudemet, B. Basdevant, Les canons des conciles mérovingiens VIe-VIIe siècles, Sources chrétiennes 353, Paris 1989.


Travel and change of residence
Described by a title - Abba
Ecclesiastical administration - Participation in councils and ecclesiastical courts
Relation with - Another presbyter
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1621,