Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1825
Eurichus, Suevic king of Galicia, is deposed by his relative Audica. Eurichus is then forcibly ordained a presbyter, AD 584. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Histories", Tours (Gaul), AD 584–594.
Miro, Suevic king of Galicia, died.
Quo defuncto, filius eius Eurichus Leuvichildi regis amicitias expetiit, dataque, ut pater fecerat, sacramenta, regnum Galliciensim suscepit. Hoc vero anno cognatus eius Audica, qui sororem illius disponsatam habebat, cum exercitu venit; adpraehensumque clericum facit ac diaconatus sibi praesbiterii ei inponi honorem iobet.
(ed. Krusch 1937: 315)
Miro, Suevic king of Galicia, died.
After his death, his son Eurichus sought friendship with King Leuvichildus. He took the same oaths as his father had done and succeeded to the kingship of Galicia. In the same year his relation, Audica, who was promised his sister in marriage, came [to him] with an army. He captured him and made him a cleric and ordered that the honour of diaconate and presbyterate be imposed on him.
(trans. Thorpe 1974: 376, altered and summarised by J. Szafranowski)


Judging from the Gregory's narrative, these events took place in ca 584.

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula

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.


Non-Latin Origin - Suevic
Social origin or status - Monarchs and their family
Former ecclesiastical career - Deacon
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Described by a title - Clericus
Reasons for ordination - Involuntary ordination
Relation with - Other relative
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