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Alphege


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Bishop of Winchester 934–51. He had been a monk before his consecration, but nobody knows where: he may have joined a monastery overseas or have been a hermit. He was important in the 10th-century monastic revival for the encouragement he gave to the pioneers Dunstan and Ethelwold, whom he ordained priests on the same day. This role as precursor, with his nickname ‘the Bald’ is virtually all that is known of his episcopate. Feast: 12 March (at Winchester and St Albans).

AA.SS. Mar. II (1668), 225–8;M.O., pp. 31–42;D. Parsons (ed.), Tenth-Century Studies (1975).

Subjects: Christianity.


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