Book of Saints – Gildas the Wise


(Saint) (January 29) (6th century) Often called Badonicus, because born in the year the Britons defeated the Saxons at Bath. He was brought up with Saints Samson, Paul de Leon, and other holy men, by the famous Saint Illtyd. He crossed over into Brittany and there wrote the works on The Ruin of his Fatherland, which have perpetuated his memory in the British Isles. He established in Brittany the monastery of Rhuys, but appears to have passed the last years of his life (which ended about A.D. 570) in a hermitage. He is liturgicallv honoured throughout Brittany.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Gildas the Wise”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 July 2013. Web. 20 January 2019. <>