Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 17
Quintianus, bishop of Clermont (Gaul), sends presbyters to lay hands on a demoniac, between 515 and 525. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Life of the fathers", Tours (Gaul), ca 590.
In monasterio autem Cambidobrensi veniens, cum inerguminum quendam repperisset atrocius debacchantem, [Quintianus] misit presbiteros, ut ei manus inponerent; sed cum eorum exorcizatione larva non fuisset expulsa...
(ed. Krusch 1885: 226)
Having come to the monasterium Camdibronense, he found a demoniac there in the midst of horrible convulsions, and he sent presbyters to lay hands on him. But their exorcisms did not drive out the demon…
(trans. James 1991: 26, slightly altered by J. Szafranowski)


The location of Monasterium Camdibronense is unknown.
Quintianus was bishop of Clermont from 515 to 525.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Monasterium Cambidobrense

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: Life of the Fathers, Vita Patrum, Liber Vitae Patrum
Origin: Tours (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory of Tours (bishop of Tours in Gaul in 573-594) started writing his Life of the Fathers some time before 587 and finished it around 592 or slightly later, as shown by the cross-references to his other works.  It is a collection of twenty Gallic saints' lives of different lengths. They all are in some way connected to Gregory's family or church interests, while also exemplifying different virtues leading to sanctity. Saints presented in the Life of the Fathers are all either ascetics or bishops.
More on the text: James 1991, ix-xxv.
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Miracula et Opera Minora, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 1.2, Hannover 1885, 211-294.
Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers, trans. by E. James, Liverpool 1991.


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
    Ritual activity - Imposition of hands
      Ritual activity - Exorcism
        Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER17,