Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Desiderius, Bishop of Vienne, Martyr


When Queen Brunehaut governed the courts of her two sons, Theodebert, king of Austrasia, and Theodoric of Burgundy, this zealous pastor boldly reproved her for her incests and cruelties; but a sermon which he preached before her and Theodoric on chastity, chiefly in the words of Saint Paul, procured him the crown of martyrdom; for, in his return home, he was by their order and contrivance murdered by three assassins in a village now called Saint Didier de Chalaraine, near the brook of that name in the principality of Dombes, in 612.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Desiderius, Bishop of Vienne, Martyr”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 May 2012. Web. 21 September 2020. <>