Salvius of Albi

Salvius, Salvi or Sauve (died 584) was a bishop of Albi in Francia between 574 and 584, later venerated as a saint.[1]


Salvius of Albi
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St. Gregory and Salvius in front of King Chilperic I, from Grandes Chroniques de France de Charles V


He came from a powerful family within the church, which contributed many bishops in the south of France through the end and fall of the Roman Empire. He was a distant relation of Gregory of Tours who wrote his life.[2] He was also a relative of Saint Didier of Cahors.


Salvius was educated in law and humanities, before becoming a lawyer in Albi. Later he became a monk and a hermit and was made bishop in 574.

As bishop he intervened with the powerful Chilperic I and stayed in Albi to take care of his flock during a famine and a plague epidemic to which he succumbed in 584.

He was buried in his monastery but his remains were later moved to the church of Saint-Salvi in Albi. Their exact location is now lost because of renovation in the 18th century.[3] After this he was venerated in the city and was later declared to be a saint.


  1. ^ Clément Compayré, Études historiques et documents inédits sur l'Albigeois, le Castrais, et l'ancien diocèse de Lavaur (Albi, 1841)
  2. ^ Gregory of Tours, Historia Francorum, Book V, 44 and 50; Book VI, 29; Book VII, 1; and Book VIII, 22
  3. ^ "Saint-Salvi". Site de la cité épiscopale d'Albi. Retrieved 12 February 2016..

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