Saint William of Gellone brief life History
|Date of Birth||755 AD|
|Country of Birth||France in Europe|
|Profession||Second Duke of Toulouse and founder of the abbey of Gellone|
|Place of Work||France|
|Date of Death||28 May 812 or 28 May 814|
|Place of Death||Gellone, near Lodève|
|Feast Day||28 May|
|Beatification||By Not Available|
|Canonization||By Pope Alexander II in 1066|
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Saint William of Gellone Short life History
Saint William of Gellone is also known as
• William of Aquitaine
• William of Orange
• William of Toulouse
• Willliam Fierabrace
• William in the Desert
• Marquis au court nez
• He was born to the nobility, the son of Aldana and Count Thierry of Toulouse.
• He was a career soldier.
• He was a member of the court of Blessed Charlemagne.
• He was Duke of Aquitaine.
• He led forces against the Saracens in southern France.
• In retirement he built a monastery at Gellone, France, and became a Benedictine monk there; the house was later named Saint-Guilhem-du-Desert in his honour.
• His reputation for chivalry, bravery and piety led to medieval romances being written about him including the Chançun de Guillaume (Song of William).
Today’s Catholic Quote:
Saint William of Gellone was born in 755 in France and died in 812 of natural causes in the monastery that was later re-named Saint William in the Desert in his honour