Saint Faro

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Saint Faro (or Burgundofaro) (died c. 675), count of Guines, was bishop of Meaux. The family to which Faro belonged is known as the Faronids and is named after him.[1]

His brothers were Saint Waldebert, count of Guines, Ponthieu and Saint-Pol[2] who became abbot of Luxeuil, and Chagnoald, who was bishop of Laon, while his sister was Saint Burgundofara,[3] who founded the convent of Faremoûtiers. They were the children of Chagnoric, chancellor to Dagobert I.

Faro, who inherited lands in Guines from his brother, count Waldebert,[4] succeeded Gundoald, probably a kinsman of his, as bishop of Meaux at some time between 625 and 637. He built a monastery at Estrouanne, near the English channel port of Wissant, destroyed and burnt by Gormond and Isembart.[5]

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  1. ^ Régine Le Jan "Convents, violence and competition for power in Francia" in Frans Theuws, Mayke De Jong, Carine van Rhijn, eds. Topographies of power in the early Middle Ages 2001.
  2. ^ Lambert of Ardres, (Lambert, Leah Shopkow, tr., The History of the Counts of Guines and Lords of Ardres 2007, ch. 3.3.
  3. ^ Fara in Lambert, ch. 3.
  4. ^ Lambert, ch. 3.6.
  5. ^ Lambert, 3.6.

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