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Anianus of Chartres, St.


Bishop of Chartres at the beginning of the fifth century. Medieval accounts name Anianus (Agnan) as the fifth bishop of Chartres, but no early source mentions him. The church under his patronage and in which his relics are enshrined, burned in 1134. At Chartres his feast is commemorated on December 7, the date on which his relics were returned to the reconstructed church in 1136. A similar event in 1262 resulted in a second feast day, but this has not been retained.

Feast: Dec. 7.

Bibliography: Bibliotheca hagiograpica latina antiquae et mediae aetatis (Brussels 18981901) 1:80 suppl. 321. a. clerval, "Translationes S. Aniani," Analecta Bollandiana 7 (1888) 321335; Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques, ed. a. baudrillart et al. (Paris 1912) 1:111114. j. l. baudot and l. chaussin, Vies des saints et des bienhereux selon l'ordre du calendrier avec l'historique des fêtes (Paris 193556) 12:228.

[b. l. marthaler]

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