Born: 760, It­aly (some sourc­es say Spain).

Died: Jan­ua­ry 18, 821, An­gers, France.

Buried: Or­lé­ans, France.


Theodulph was born in­to no­bil­i­ty, but de­cid­ed on a life of re­li­gious ser­vice.

His first po­si­tion was as ab­bot of a mon­as­te­ry in Flor­ence, It­aly. In 781, Char­le­magne ap­point­ed him Bi­shop of Or­lé­ans, France. However, this flour­ish­ing ca­reer came to an abrupt end with Char­le­magne’s death.

Louis the Pi­ous sus­pect­ed Theo­dulph of sec­ret loy­al­ty to po­li­ti­cal lead­ers in It­aly, the count­ry of his birth. These sus­pi­cions led to Theo­dulph’s im­pris­on­ment in An­gers in 818.

His pre­di­ca­ment is re­mi­nis­cent of Paul’s in­car­ce­ra­tion in Rome. Like Paul, Theo­dulph’s faith sus­tained him in­side cold stone walls. It was there he wrote All Glo­ry, Laud and Ho­nor, and there that he died.



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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Theo­dulph (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),