Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1799
Abbot Theodulfus is proposed by Bishop Domnolus of Le Mans (Gaul) to succeed him in bishopric. King Chilperic I chooses Badegisilus, mayor of the palace, instead, AD 581. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Histories", Tours (Gaul), AD 581-594.
Qui post XXII episcopati annos, dum se cerneret morbo regio calculoque gravissime fatigari, Theodulfum abbatem in loco suo praeelegit. Cuius assensum rex praebuit voluntatem, sed non multum post tempus, mutata sententia, in Badegisilum domus regiae maiorem transfertur electio. Qui tonsoratus, gradus quos clerici sortiuntur ascendens, post quadraginta diebus, migrante sacerdote, successit.
(ed. Krusch 1937: 279)
After twenty-two years of episcopate, [Bishop Domnolus], as he realized that he was most gravely ill with jaundice and bladder stone (morbo regio calculoque), pre-elected (praeelegit) abbot Theodulfus in his place. The King [Chilperic I] submitted to his will, but not long after he changed his opinion and transfered the election to Badegisilus, mayor of the royal palace. [Badegisilus] was tonsured and promoted through ranks to which clerics are appointed, and succeeded [Domnolus] after forty days when the priest [i.e. Domnolus] died.
(trans. Thorpe 1974: 340, altered and summarised by J. Szafranowski)


It is almost certain that Laurence, as the head of the monastic community located in the city basilica, was a presbyter.
Since, according to Gregory, Domnolus served as a bishop for twenty two years and died in 581, he must have been ordained bishop in 559.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Paris

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 - Hairstyle
    Former ecclesiastical career - Lower clergy
    Former ecclesiastical career - Deacon
    Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
    Described by a title - Clericus
    Described by a title - Abba
    Public functions and offices before ordination
    Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
    Former ecclesiastical career - None
    Episcopal ambitions
    Reasons for ordination - Patronage
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