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(early 8th century),

hermit of Crowland, disciple of Guthlac, who lived in a nearby hermitage. Bettelin received counsel from the saint on his deathbed and witnessed his burial; he lived on for several years afterwards and died at Crowland. Later writers describe him overcoming a temptation to cut Guthlac's throat while shaving him. Feast: 9 September.

B. Colgrave (ed.), Felix's Life of St Guthlac (1956).

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