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Martin of Braga
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Martin of Braga (c. 520–c. 579 CE), abbot of Dumium and bishop of Bracara Augusta, became the most important bishop of the 6th century CE in the former Roman province of Gallaecia, in what is now northern Portugal and northwestern Spain, where he had a significant and fruitful ministry in the Germanic kingdom of the Sueves. All the significant biographical information that we have about Martin of Braga comes from various sources: Gregory of Tours, De virtutibus sancti Martini (1.11) and Liber historiarum (5.37); Venantius Fortunatus, Ad Ma…

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Ferreiro, Alberto, “Martin of Braga”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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