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Saint Isidore was born in Spain during complex political times, transitioning from the effects of the barbarous Visigoths to a Catholic culture. He received an exceptional classical education, writing the encyclopedia of knowledge, the Etymological, among others. Ordained Bishop in 599, he struggled between the life of solitude to meditate on the Word of God and the demands of ecclesiastical duties. He organized synods to discuss representational government that became the model for European nations. St. Isidore promoted education by encouraging seminaries and schools built in every diocese. His last dying act was to give away all his possessions.