?829-876; Irish born; appointed Bishop of Fiesole as one divinely sent,
829, having wandered through Europe visiting sacred places; obtained charter
for Fiesole Church from Louis, son of Lothair, 866; feast day 22nd Oct.; his life given in Vitae Patrum (11th c. in Laurentian library of Florence). ODNB
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Catholic Encyclopedia has an entry [link]: viz., visited tombs of the Apostles in Rome, 816; elected bishop on homeward journey by the people of Fiesole, then praying for deliverance from contemporary evils; instituted revival of piety and learning incl. the art of metrical composition; Life gives short pieces by Donatus incl. 12-line poem describing the virtues of Ireland and its people; composed his own epitaph covering his birth in Ireland and his years of service to Lothair and Louis, episcopate at Fiesole, and his activity as a teacher of grammar and poetry. (Summary.).
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