Deusdedit [St Deusdedit, Frithona]
- Alan Thacker
Deusdedit [St Deusdedit, Frithona] (d. 664), archbishop of Canterbury, succeeded Honorius in March 655, after a vacancy of almost eighteen months. A West Saxon, consecrated by Ithamar, bishop of Rochester, he was the first English holder of the see. His Latin name, like that of his immediate predecessor, was that of a recent pope. It was clearly an adopted one, and in this he followed the practice of other early native English bishops. According to ...