We know that Andrew was probably not a mysterious stranger who had arrived with forged documents or letters of recommendation, because his family lived in the area. Andrew says that he gave “all my allodial property … in the area of Sauvian which came to me from my mother, named Peltrudis”, with the support and consent of his three brothers, Augerius, Salvatore and Sonierus. Though we do not know where Andrew had served as a priest, he and his mother and brothers were an established part of the community around Béziers.
How had Andrew ended up in this position? We know he had been acting as a counterfeit cleric for a while, because he says: “… I persisted in this deception for a long time, and falsely made a fool of many unwary ones”. This lengthy deception suggests that he was a convincing fraud, either with sufficient training but unordained or perhaps the reverse. It also strongly points to members of his flock either colluding in the ruse or at least tolerating the situation. For all that his is a very unusual case, the issue of pastoral care given by unqualified priests was not unique to this context.