(c. 1060—1124) hermit and monk

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(d. 1124), Welsh monk. Born at Brycheiniog of moderately wealthy parents, he lived as a young man at the court of Rhys ap Tewdwr (prince of South Wales 1077–93) where he was a harper. After neglectfully losing Rhys's greyhounds and consequently his favour as well, he broke off the head of his lance and, using the shaft as a walking-stick, went to Llandaff where he was tonsured and entered the service of the bishop. A few years later he became a hermit in Gower at the ruined church of St Kyned (Llangenydd). Again he moved, this time to Menevia, where he was ordained priest before retiring to an island off the Pembrokeshire coast with some companions. Here they suffered harassment from Vikings, which resulted in his moving once more, this time to the cell of St Ismael (St Isell's, Haroldston), where he died. He was buried at his own request in the cathedral of St David's; his body was claimed to be incorrupt. William of Malmesbury tried unsuccessfully to take away a finger. Part of his shrine survives. Gerald of Wales attempted to have him canonized and a letter of Innocent III survives which ordered an enquiry to be made into his life and miracles. Although never formally canonized, Caradoc was venerated from the early 13th century on 14 April, but his feast is now on 13 April. The church of Lawrenny is dedicated to him.

From The Oxford Dictionary of Saints in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Christianity.

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