Saint Patroclus of Bourges (c. 496–576) was a Merovingian ascetic, who was a native of the province of Berry, France. In his Historia Francorum, Gregory of Tours writes that Patroclus became a deacon at Bourges in his youth.[1] He would drink nothing stronger than water that had been sweetened with honey. He ate only bread, water, and salt, and devoted long periods to prayer, being credited with healing powers. He died aged eighty years old.

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  1. ^ Jones, Allen E., Social Mobility in Late Antique Gaul, Cambridge University Press, 2009 ISBN 9780521762397 p. 325

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