Furseus a missionary and abbot in the British Isles, and the founder of the convent of Lagny, near Paris, was born in Ireland, where he founded also a convent, to which he gave very strict rules. He then went to West Anglia, and erected the abbey of Knobbersburg, which he afterwards resigned to his brother Foillan, in order to withdritaw into solitude. During the persecution of the Christians by Penda, king of the Mercians, he fled to France, where, under the protection of Chlodwig II, he founded the convent of Lagny. He is supposed to have died in 650-654. He had acquired particular consideration bhm his visions, in which he pretended to see and hear angels; theys are related in Bollandus, in vita S. Fursei ad 16 Jan. See Mabillon, Ada SS. Ord. S.B.I. ad a. 650; Annal. Mabill. 1. catal. general. page 731; Bede, Hist. gent. Angl. eccl. 2:19-23; Herzog, Real- Encyklop. 4:629.

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