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Fortunatus, Venantius (Saint)
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(c. 530, Treviso, northern Italy – before 610, Poitiers), Christian Latin poet who studied in Ravenna and in 565, in gratitude for liberation from an eye ailment, undertook a pilgrimage to the grave of St. Martin of Tours. In 567 he went to Poitiers, where he became bishop c. 600. Fortunatus wrote occasional poems in the classical style for rich and well-placed patrons, e.g. the Thuringian princess Radegunde. In addition he wrote the epic poem “Vita Martini,” lives of saints in pr…

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Pollmann, Karla, “Fortunatus, Venantius (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026291>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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