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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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William Hunt

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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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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 ...

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Bransford, Wolstan (d. 1349), prior of Worcester and bishop of Worcester, probably came from the hamlet of Bransford near Worcester, and is identifiable as the clerk, son of John of Bransford, former citizen of Worcester, to whom John Wyke, the cathedral prior, granted letters dimissory to the priesthood on 23 November 1308, during the see's vacancy. That points to his birth in the early 1280s. Conceivably ...

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W. R. W. Stephens

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Brihtwold (d. 1045), abbot of Glastonbury and bishop of Ramsbury, had been a monk and then abbot at Glastonbury, and was made eighth bishop of Ramsbury in either 995 or 1005. Although he presided over the see for at least forty years, Brihtwold...