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Peter of Canterbury

(d. 607)


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(d. 607),

abbot. First abbot of St Augustine's (then called SS. Peter and Paul), Peter was probably the monk of that name who was sent by Augustine to give news of the first Anglo-Saxon conversions to Gregory the Great and who brought back to England Gregory's replies to Augustine's questions. Peter was sent later on a mission to Gaul, but was drowned in the English Channel in the bay of Ambleteuse (Amfleet). The local inhabitants, according to Bede, buried him in an ‘unworthy place’ but, as the result of a prodigy of mysterious light appearing over his grave at night, translated his relics to a church in Boulogne with suitable honour. At St Augustine's, Canterbury, his feast was kept on 30 December; other authorities give 6 January.

Bede, H.E., i. 27, 33; AA.SS. Ian. I (1643), 334.

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