Brice (d. 444) was a monk at Marmoutier who criticized Martin of Tours and
succeeded him. Sulpicius Severus reports that Brice held his instructor
in contempt because Martin had been raised among soldiers and Brice
suggested that Martin became superstitious in his old age. Martin
continued to treat Brice kindly and is said to have had a vision in which
Brice succeeded him. Elected Bishop of Tours in 397, Brice was considered
proud and ambitious. He was charged in the thirty-third year of his
episcopate with adultery, and although miraculously cleared, he went into
exile at Rome for seven years. He returned after the death of Armentius,
who had administered the see in Brice's absence. Brice was a changed man.
Within twenty-five years of his death, his cult was well-established at
Tours and had spread to England.
Karen Rae Keck
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