Desiderius of Auxerre

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Desiderius of Auxerre (died 621) was bishop of Auxerre, in France, from 614 to 621. He was from Aquitaine, and is mentioned in the Gesta pontificum Autissiodorensium, as well as the Chronicle of Fredegar.

He is known for his large bequest to his church, St. Stephen's, of 300 pounds of rich liturgical vessels.[1][2] These objects were stolen in 1567.[3] His wealth probably came from a noble background; he is thought to have been a kinsman of Queen Brunhild.[4]

He is a Catholic saint, whose feast day is 19 October.[5]


  1. ^ Philippe Ariès, Paul Veyne, Georges Duby, A History of Private Life (1987 translation), p. 448.
  2. ^ Dominic Janes, God and Gold in Late Antiquity (1998), p. 135.
  3. ^ Philip Grierson, Mark Blackburn, Medieval European Coinage: The Early Middle Ages (5th-10th Centuries),p. 96.
  4. ^ Caecilia Davis-Weyer, Early Medieval Art, 300-1150: Sources and Documents (1986), pp. 66-7.
  5. ^ On-line Calendar of Saints Days, October