Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1758
Senoch, a Taifal by birth and presbyter in Tours (Gaul), who lives in the hermitage near this city and has the power to heal the sick, dies in 576. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Histories", Tours (Gaul), AD 573–594.
Nam benedictus Senoch presbiter, qui apud Turonus morabatur, sic migravit a saeculo. Fuit enim genere Theifalus, et in Turonico clericus factus, in cellulam, quam ipse inter parietes antiquos conposuerat, se removit, collectisque monachis, oratorium, quod multo tempore dirutum fuerat, reparavit. Idem super infirmos multas virtutes fecit, quas in libro vitae eius scripsimus.
(ed. Krusch 1937: 204)
Blessed presbyter Senoch, who lived in Tours, departed from this world. He was a Taifal by birth. After being made cleric in Tours, he withdrew to the cell, which he arranged himself among the ancient ruins. Having gathered a number of monks, he repaired an oratory, which had long been destroyed. Senoch performed many miracles for the sick which we have described in the book of his life.
(trans. Thorpe 1974: 264, altered by J. Szafranowski)


Gregory of Tours writes that Senoch died at the same time as Saint Germanus, Bishop of Paris (AD 576).
Senoch's life is described by Gregory in his Life of the Fathers 15 (see [92] and [96]).

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Tours

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: The History of the Franks, Gregorii episcopi Turonensis historiarum libri X, Histories
Origin: Tours (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory of Tours (Gaul) wrote his ten books of Histories (known commonly in English as the History of the Franks) during his episcopal reign in Tours between 573 and 594. The books vary in scope and length. The first book covers 5,596 years from the creation of the world to AD 397, that is the death of Saint Martin of Tours, Gregory`s predecessor in bishopric. The second book deals with the history of Gaul between 397 and 511, the latter being the year of death of King Clovis I. The third and fourth books cover the next 64 years till the death of Austrasian King Sigibert II in 575. Finally, the following six books describe exclusively the sixteen years from 575 to 591. Probably in 594, Gregory added the list of bishops of Tours in the end of the Histories, with brief accounts of their actions.
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Historiarum Libri X [in:] Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingiciarum 1.1, Hannover 1884 (repr. 1951): 1­-537.
Gregory of Tours, The History of the Franks, trans. L. Thorpe, London 1974.


Food/Clothes/Housing - Type of housing
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Described by a title - Clericus
Monastic or common life - Hermit
Fame of sanctity
Ecclesiastical administration - Construction/Renovation
Relation with - Monk/Nun
Non-Latin Origin - Taifal
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