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According to tradition a monastery was founded by St David (6th cent.) in Menevia, which was thereafter called St Davids. On the death of the last native Welsh bishop in 1115, King Henry I forced on the clergy as their bishop Bernard, chaplain to Queen Matilda, who was prepared to recognize the authority of the Abp. of Canterbury. Various attempts in the 12th and early 13th cents. to secure metropolitan status for St Davids were unsuccessful. Meanwhile the shrine of St David became a popular place of pilgrimage. The present cathedral was begun by Bp. Peter de Leia (1176–98).

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