See also:bishop of
See also:Poitiers, and the chief Latin poet of his
See also:time, was
See also:born near Ceneda in Treviso in 530 . He studied at Milan and Ravenna, with the
See also:object of excelling as a rhetorician and poet, and in 565 he journeyed to France, where he was received with much favour at the
See also:court of Sigbert,
See also:king of
See also:Austrasia, whose
See also:marriage with Brunhild he celebrated in an epithalarnium . After remaining a
See also:year or two at the court of Sigbert he travelled in various parts of France, visiting persons of distinction, and composing
See also:short pieces of
See also:poetry on any subject that occurred to him . At Poitiers he visited
See also:Radegunda, who lived there in retirement, and she induced him to prolong his stay in the city indefinitely . Here he also enjoyed the friendship of the famous
See also:Gregory of
See also:Tours and other eminent ecclesiastics . He was elected bishop of Poitiers in 599, and died about 609 . The later poems of Fortunatus were collected in i 1 books, and consist of
See also:hymns (including the Vexilla regis prodeunt, Englished by J . M . Neale as " The royal banners forward go "), epitaphs, poetical epistles, and verses in
See also:honour of his patroness Radegunda and her
See also:Agnes, the abbess of a nunnery at Poitiers . He also wrote a large poem in 4 books in honour of St
See also:Martin, and several lives of the
See also:saints in
See also:prose . His prose is stiff and
See also:mechanical, but most of his poetry has an easy rhythmical flow . An edition of the
See also:works of Fortunatus was published by C .
See also:Fulda in 1603 (2nd ed.,
See also:Mainz, 1617) . The edition of M . A . Luschi (Rome, 1785) was a.fterwardsteprinted in
See also:Migne's Patrologiae cursaos completus, vol . Ixxxviii . See the edition by
See also:Leo and Krusch (Berlin, 1881-1885) . There are French lives by Nisard (188o) and
See also:Leroux (1885) .
ROBERT FORTUNE (1813-188o)
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