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Saint Alphege the Martyr Bishop

Reposed 1022 Remembered April 17

St Alphege who was born about 953 was hermit before being made abbot of Bath. In 984 he became the first English Bishop of Winchester. He was a great supporter of monastic reforms and was made Archbishop of Canterbury. He refused to allow a ransom to be paid for his freedom when taken captive by the Danes was buried first at St Paul’s London which became a place of pilgrimage and miracles. He was canonised in 1078.

NB. Not to be confused with the earlier Saint Alphege who reposed 951.

Icon by Aidan Hart

["Saint", "Wessex", "Wx0110", "Cent10", "Martyr", "Bishop"]