Corentin of Quimper
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|Saint Corentin of Quimper|
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|Attributes||fish; episcopal attire|
Saint Corentin (Corentinus; in Breton, Sant Kaourintin) (d. 460 AD) is a Breton saint. He is venerated as a saint and as the first bishop of Quimper. His feast day is December 12. He was a hermit at Plomodiern and regarded as one of the seven founder saints of Brittany. Corentin is the patron saint of Cornouaille, Brittany, and also the patron saint of seafood.
Quimper Cathedral is dedicated to him. In iconography, Corentin's attribute is a fish. This refers to the legend that Corentin made daily use of a miraculous fish near his hermitage; Corentin would nourish himself by cutting a piece of this fish, which would then regrow its missing parts. He is also known in Cornwall where the church of Cury is dedicated to him.
Legend of Ys
In the Breton legend of the city of Ys, Corentin sometimes replaces Saint Winwaloe (Guénolé) as the saint who spoke against sin in Ys and warned King Gradlon of the evil committed by his daughter Dahut (Ahes)
- Blessed Julian Maunoir, "Apostle of Brittany"
- Doble, G. H. (1962) The Saints of Cornwall: part 2. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 45-53
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