Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1626
Two abbots, quite probably presbyters, attend and sign the acts of the Council of Bordeaux (Gaul, AD 662/675) in the name of their absent bishops.
Preceding are the signatures of sixteen bishops.
Iohannes abba missus Lemouicine urbis episcopi.
Onoaldus abba missus Albige urbis episcopi.
(ed. de Clercq 1963: 312-313)
Preceding are the signatures of sixteen bishops.
Abbot John sent by the bishop of the city of Limoges.
Abbot Onoaldus sent by the bishop of the city of Albi.
(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, Iohannes and Onoaldus were probably presbyters, as monastic abbots in seventh-century Gaul were in general ordained.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Bordeaux
  • Modogarnomum
  • Limoges
  • Albi

About the source:

Title: Council of Bordeaux, Concilium Modogarnomense seu Burdegalense anno 662/675
Origin: Bordeaux (Gaul)Modogarnomum (Gaul),
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The Council of Bordeaux was convoked by King Childeric II, hence, it was held somewhere between 662, when he ascended to the throne of Austrasia, and 675, when he died (the last two years ruling over all of the Frankish lands). The king was represented by dux Lupus. The gathering took place in the castle of Modogarnomum (or Garnomum), probably near present-day Langoiran (some 25 km south-east of Bordeaux) or at Saint-Pierre-de-Granon, near Marmande (some 75 km south-east of Bordeaux), both located on the banks of Garonne river (see Griffe 1964). The synod was attended by three metropolitan bishops (from Bourges, who presided, Bordeaux, and Eauze), thirteen other bishops from these ecclesiastical provinces, and two abbots representing their absent bishops. Apart from Poitiers in the province of Bordeaux, and Dax and Bigorre in the province of Eauze, all the bishops from those two provinces were present. Bourges is represented by its metropolitan, who came with the bishop of Cahors and two representatives from the bishops of Albi and Limoges. From the preface to the acts of the council, we learn that the synod was called, among others, because clerics defied the orders of their bishops.
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.
É. Griffe, Où localiser le concile aquitain tenu vers 674 "in castro Garnomo", in: Bulletin de littérature ecclésiastique 65 (1964), pp. 49-52.


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, ER1626,