Encyclopædia Britannica, Ninth Edition/St Eloi

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ELOI, St (588659), originally a goldsmith, but afterwards bishop of Noyon, was born at Cadillac, near Limoges, in 588. Having manifested at an early age a decided talent for the art of design, he was placed by his parents with the master of the mint at Limoges, where he made rapid progress in goldsmith's work. He became coiner to Clotaire II. of France, and treasurer to his successor Dagobert. Bath kings intrusted him with important works, among which were the composition of the has—reliefs which ornament the tomb of St Germain, bishop of Paris, and the execution (for Clotaire) of two chairs. of gold, adorned with jewels, which at that time were reckoned chefs-(louvre. Though he was amassing great wealth, Eloi acquired a distaste for a worldly life, and resolved to become a priest. At first he retired to a monastery, but in 640 was raised to the bishopric cf Noyon. He made frequent missionary excursions to the pagans of Brabant, and also founded a great many monasteries and churches. He died 1st December 659.

His life has been written by his friend and contemporary St Ouen; and a French translation of this life by the Abbé La Roque, together with 16 homilies said to have been written by St Eloi, was published at Paris in 1693.