Saint Denis Converts Paris to Christianity.

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      The earliest reference to Saint Dionysius, who is known in France as Saint Denis or Saint Denys, is found in the “Vita Genovefae” (sixth century c.e.; life of Saint Geneviève) written by an anonymous author. It mentions a place several miles north of Paris called Catulacum, “where Saint Dionysius was martyred and buried.” However, the story of Saint Denis and the conversion of Gaul to Christianity is described most fulsomely by bishop Gregory of Tours (539-594 c.e.), who composed Historia Francorum (late sixth century c.e.; History of the Franks, 1916), ten books dealing with Roman, Christian, and barbarian Gaul.