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E06430: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 13.10) of 602, to Lupus, priest and abbot, grants privileges to a church dedicated to *Martin (ascetic and bishop of Tours, S00050) in the suburbs of Autun (central Gaul). Written in Latin in Rome.

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posted on 2018-09-11, 00:00 authored by frances
Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 13.11

Extract from a letter granting protection and privileges to the church:

Proinde iuxta scripta filiorum nostrorum praecellentissimorum regum Brunigildis ac nepotis ipsius Theoderici ecclesiae sancti Martini, quae in suburbano ciuitatis Augustodonensis a Syagrio reuerendae memoriae episcopo et praedicta excellentissima filia nostra regina constructa est, cui praeesse dinosceris, huiusmodi priuilegia praesentis auctoritatis nostrae decreto indulgemus.

‘And so, in accordance with the letters of our children, those most excellent of rulers, Brunhild and her grandson, Theuderic, by the decree of our authority in this letter we grant privileges of this sort to the church of Saint Martin, constructed in the suburbs of the city of Autun by Bishop Syagrius, of reverend memory, and by our aforesaid most excellent daughter and queen, over which you are known to preside.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 1009. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 3, 834.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Martin, ascetic and bishop of Tours, ob. 397 : S00050

Saint Name in Source


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 - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Construction of cult buildings

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

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).


The church of Martin is also mentioned in a further letter by Gregory's (E06428).


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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