(d. 1038)

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(d. 1038),

monk of Glastonbury, archbishop of Canterbury. William of Malmesbury called him dean (i.e. cathedral prior) of Canterbury and praised his outstanding wisdom and guidance of King Cnut. He became archbishop in 1020, received the pallium at Rome, presided at the translation of the relics of Alphege, but also bought for one golden talent and 100 silver ones the arm of Augustine of Hippo which he gave to Coventry. He obtained for his old monastery, of which he was the seventh monk to become archbishop, some important benefactions from Cnut, whom he also persuaded to help finance the rebuilding of Chartres cathedral. He died full of merit on 30 October, but there seems no evidence from Canterbury and other calendars for a formal cult. But both Mabillon and the Bollandists devoted an entry to him.

AA.SS. Oct. XIII (1893), 451–6; G.R., i. 224–6; J. Mabillon, AA.SS.O.S.B., VI (part i), 394–7; B.L.S., x. 203–4.

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