Calixte and his cousin Mercurial came to the Louron lands in the 10th
fight the Moors.
arrived by the pass of
Azet, situated in front of the village of Cazaux-Fréchet.
Calixte crosses the
valley, to go to war alongside the inhabitants.
a terrible battle,
Calixte was fatally wounded and his body put down on a flat stone, now
Saint Calixte's burial place.
spite of his death, the
battle was won and the grateful inhabitants built a church carrying the
the brave knight.
mythical saint, and the origin of an important cult of Middle
Ages to modern times. His life was celebrated on the same day as the
homonymous Pope, October 14th.
note that there are several
versions of this legend.)
Mercurial and Vielle-Louron, another legend of Louron...
The cousin of Calixte, the knight
Mercurial, becomes established, him, on the village of Vielle-Louron.
He tried to make renounce his religion to the head of the Moors
deducted to Camors, a hamlet of our municipality, which would fire
its name of " Moorish Camp ".
The head Moor, irritated, eventually attacks with fury the troops of Mercurial.
The legend says that Mercurial lost
an arm in the fight but continued it of the other one! Regrettably, it
fell too under the enemy chains.
Quite as for Calixte, the
inhabitants of Vielle-Louron made of Mercurial their patron saint and
built him a church (Saint Mercurial, classified as "Historic Monument").
Mercurial is celebrated on every August 26th. His relics are always in the church.