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Botwulf [St Botwulf, Botolph] (fl. 654–c. 670), abbot of Iken, began to build his minster of ‘Icanho’ (now conclusively identified as Iken, Suffolk) in 654 according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Ceolfrith, the future abbot of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow, is said by his anonymous biographer to have visited ...

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Brynach [St Brynach, Bernachius, Bernacius] (fl. 6th cent.), founder of the church of Nevern, Pembrokeshire, was not of Welsh descent. His pedigree is in neither of the two main collections of saints' genealogies, Bonedd y saint and Achau'r saint, and his life, twelfth-century in its present form, fails to give the names of his parents, though it does say, probably as a mere hagiographical formula, that he was of noble descent. Much of the substance of the life is a collection of traditional narrative motifs, some purely hagiographical (such as voyaging upon a rock), others more general; it is, however, a well-constructed text written in good and vigorous Latin. There are two main sections: first, the saint's wanderings, and, second, his dealings with ...

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Cadfan [St Cadfan] (supp. fl. 6th cent.), founder of a religious settlement, was the patron saint of Tywyn (Merioneth), Llangadfan (Montgomeryshire), and perhaps a monastery on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island); his feast day was celebrated on 1 November. There is no surviving life of ...

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Chambers [Borowe, Burgh], John (d. 1556), abbot and bishop of Peterborough, was a native of Peterborough, and is therefore sometimes named as Borowe or Burgh in the records. The suggestion that he was an illegitimate son of Richard Chambers cannot be confirmed. He studied at ...

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Petronius (d. 654?), abbot of St Peter's and St Paul's, Canterbury, was probably born in or near Rome. All that is known about him comes from a late medieval Canterbury tradition recorded by William Thorne and Thomas Elmham. According to this, Archbishop Honorius...

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Petrus [St Petrus] (d. 605x11), abbot of St Peter's and St Paul's, Canterbury (later St Augustine's), was both a monk and a priest, and was one of the companions of St Augustine on his mission to England in 596–7. Probably in late 600, ...