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Adam [Adam of Caithness] (d. 1222), abbot of Melrose and bishop of Caithness, is variously described as having been a foundling and as having originated in Cumberland. He was elected bishop on 5 August 1213 when he was abbot of Melrose, the third bishop to be appointed to ...

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Ælfweard (d. 1044), abbot of Evesham and bishop of London, is said by the chronicle of Evesham to have been a relative of Cnut, presumably through Cnut's first, English, wife, Ælfgifu of Northampton. He was a monk of Ramsey and was made abbot of ...

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Æthelwold [St Æthelwold, Ethelwold] (904x9–984), abbot of Abingdon and bishop of Winchester, was a leading figure in the tenth-century church reform movement. He was born in Winchester to noble parents during the reign of Edward the Elder, probably between 904 and 909.

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Aldhelm [St Aldhelm] (d. 709/10), abbot of Malmesbury, bishop of Sherborne, and scholar, was a prolific Latin author whose idiosyncratic style of composition in the media of prose and verse, both metrical and rhythmical, was profoundly influential both in England and on the continent up to the Norman conquest. His life is moderately well documented: ...

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Aldhelm [St Aldhelm] (d. 70910) drawing The British Library

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Alnwick, William (c. 1275–1333), Franciscan friar and theologian, and bishop of Giovinazzo, took his name from Alnwick in Northumberland. The course of his later career suggests that he was born about 1275. Having become a Franciscan friar, he probably studied theology at his order's studium at ...

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Anian [Einion ab Ynyr] (d. 1293), Dominican friar and bishop of St Asaph, is described in the Welsh chronicle Brut y tywysogyon as 'the Black Friar of Nannau' (Brut: Peniarth MS 20, 121). The text lends credibility to a statement by ...

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Anselm [St Anselm] (c. 1033–1109), abbot of Bec and archbishop of Canterbury, was the most original and widely attractive theological and devotional writer in western Europe between St Augustine (c.400) and the author of The Imitation of Christ (c.1450)....

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Anselm [St Anselm] (c. 1033–1109) seal The British Library

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Beornred (d. 797), archbishop of Sens and abbot of Echternach, went from Northumbria to the continent at an unknown date and was made abbot of the monastery of Echternach in 775, in succession to the second abbot, Albert. He was a relative both of ...