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Ecgberht [St Ecgberht, Egbert]locked

(639–729)
  • Henry Mayr-Harting

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Ecgberht [St Ecgberht, Egbert] (639–729), church reformer and holy man, was an Anglo-Saxon nobleman, almost certainly Northumbrian, who was in Ireland in 664 when he contracted the great plague of that year. Like many Englishmen he was there to study and perhaps to acquaint himself better with the monastic way of life. Thinking of his past sins he vowed that if he recovered, he would remain in voluntary exile as a 'pilgrim' (...

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Bede, ed. and trans. B. Colgrave & R. A. B. Mynors, OMT (1969); repr. (1991)