Missionary bishop who was sent with Saint Denis of Paris to evangelize Gaul (modern France), and who settled on Limoges as his see city. Spiritual teacher of Saint Valeria and Saint Aurelian of Limoges. Worked with Saint Alpinian of Limoges and Saint Austriclinian of Limoges.
Legends arose in the Middle Ages that described him as a friend of Jesus, and a worker of extravagant miracles, who was dispatched to Gaul by Saint Peter the Apostle. Good story, but about two centuries off the mark.
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Catholic Encyclopedia
- Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- Roman Martyrology
- “Saint Martial of Limoges“. Saints.SQPN.com. 1 January 2014. Web. 21 April 2014. <>