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E06412: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 10.5) of 600, to Gudiscalc, dux of Campania, complains at his mistreatment of a monastery dedicated to an unnamed Archangel (probably *Michael, S00181), somewhere in southern Italy. Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 10.5

Extract from a letter complaining at Gudiscalc's mistreatment of this monastery and its abbot:

Peruenit itaque ad nos magnitudinem tuam usque ad hoc esse impetu furoris impulsam, ut non solum frangi ianuas monasterii sancti Archangeli uerum etiam diripi exinde quod ibi inuentum est faceres.

‘And so it has come to our attention that your Greatness has been so driven by the impetus of fury that not only did you have the doors of the monastery of the Holy Archangel broken open, but also had what was found inside removed.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 830. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 3, 717.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Type of Evidence

Literary - Letters


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Rome and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Rome Rome Rome Roma Ῥώμη Rhōmē

Major author/Major anonymous work

Gregory the Great (pope)

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Rejection, Condemnation, Scepticism

Destruction/desecration of saint's shrine

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Aristocrats Ecclesiastics - bishops


A letter transmitted as part of Gregory the Great’s Register of Letters. This letter collection, organised into fourteen books, is large and contains letters to a variety of recipients, including prominent aristocrats, members of the clergy and royalty. The issues touched on in the letters are equally varied, ranging from theological considerations to mundane administrative matters. This collection of letters, which was possibly curated by Gregory, was originally much larger. The surviving Register comprises several groups of letters which were extracted at several later moments in history, the largest of which took place in the papacy of Hadrian I (772-795).


Edition: Norberg, D., S. Gregorii Magni, Registrum epistularum. 2 vols. (Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 140-140A; Turnhout: Brepols, 1982). English translation: Martyn, J.R.C., The Letters of Gregory the Great, 3 vols. (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2004). Further Reading: Neil, B., and Dal Santo, M. (eds.), A Companion to Gregory the Great (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

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