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Spearhafoc (fl. 1047–1051), abbot of Abingdon and craftsman

John Blair

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Spearhafoc (fl. 1047–1051), abbot of Abingdon and craftsman, is first recorded as a monk of Bury St Edmunds. His name, meaning ‘sparrowhawk’, also occurs in Domesday Book in Suffolk and Nottinghamshire and may represent Anglo-Scandinavian usage. It was almost certainly a byname, even though no other name is recorded for him; perhaps it refers to the craftsman's sharp eyes....

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Subjects: Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church

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