Book of Saints – Martin of Tours

[Saint Martin of Tours]Article

(Saint) Bishop (November 11) (4th century) We have ancient lives of this great Saint, who is among the best known and most popular of those in honour in the early Middle Ages, from the pens of Sulpicius Severus and of Saint Gregory, one of his successors at Tours. He was born in Hungary, educated at Pavia in Italy, and at the age of fifteen enrolled in the Imperial cavalry. Very famous are his act of charity in sharing his military cloak with a poor beggar at the gates of Amiens and the subsequent heavenly vision which led to his Baptism. After five years of service in the army he revisited his native Hungary and brought about the conversion to Christianity of his own mother. Returning to France, he placed himself in the hands of Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers. There he built a monastery, and eleven years later was chosen Bishop of Tours (A.D. 371). Though henceforth engaged in spreading the Gospel by his zealous labours and by his example of virtues, as well as by the exercise of his gifts of prophecy and miracleworking, he endeavoured to the end to observe monastic discipline, retiring at intervals to the neighbouring great Abbey of Marmoutier. He died Nov. 11, A.D. 397. Many churches and towns throughout Western Europe have been placed under his Patronage.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Martin of TOurs”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 November 2014. Web. 21 February 2019. <>