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      St. Aldhelm of Malmesbury (Sherborne), Bishop
      ---------------------------------------------
      (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

      Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
      Feastday is 25 May.

      Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
      709.

      There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
      our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
      of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
      King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
      Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
      to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
      Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
      years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
      extensive library.

      In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
      Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
      abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
      England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
      another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
      Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
      five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

      Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
      great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
      to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
      accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
      when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
      at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
      them back to worship in the church.

      Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
      religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
      Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
      places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
      been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
      pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
      headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
      was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
      his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
      episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
      document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

      It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
      writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
      sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
      book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
      famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
      her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
      was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

      When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
      with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
      bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
      diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
      stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
      he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
      to the Roman customs.

      St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
      cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
      communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
      and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
      of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
      from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
      miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
      when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
      his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
      father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
      side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
      Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

      Chronicle of the Kings of England
      by William of Malmesbury
      http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


      Sources:
      ======

      Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
      Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

      Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
      (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

      Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
      (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

      For All the Saints:
      http://users.erols.com/saintpat/ss/ss-index.htm

      Celtic Orthodox Christianity Home Page:
      http://www.orthodoxireland.com/celtic.htm

      These Lives are archived at:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
      *****************************************
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        St. Aldhelm of Malmesbury (Sherborne), Bishop
        ---------------------------------------------
        (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

        Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
        Feastday is 25 May.

        Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
        709.

        There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
        our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
        of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
        King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
        Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
        to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
        Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
        years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
        extensive library.

        In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
        Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
        abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
        England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
        another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
        Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
        five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

        Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
        great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
        to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
        accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
        when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
        at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
        them back to worship in the church.

        Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
        religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
        Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
        places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
        been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
        pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
        headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
        was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
        his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
        episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
        document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

        It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
        writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
        sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
        book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
        famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
        her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
        was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

        When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
        with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
        bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
        diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
        stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
        he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
        to the Roman customs.

        St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
        cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
        communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
        and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
        of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
        from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
        miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
        when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
        his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
        father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
        side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
        Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

        Chronicle of the Kings of England
        by William of Malmesbury
        http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


        Sources:
        ======

        Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
        Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

        Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
        (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

        Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
        (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

        For All the Saints:
        http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

        Orthodox Ireland Saints
        http://www.orthodoxireland.com/saints/

        An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
        http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

        These Lives are archived at:
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
        *****************************************
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          St. Aldhelm of Malmesbury (Sherborne), Bishop
          ---------------------------------------------
          (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

          Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
          Feastday is 25 May.

          Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
          709.

          There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
          our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
          of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
          King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
          Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
          to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
          Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
          years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
          extensive library.

          In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
          Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
          abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
          England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
          another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
          Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
          five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

          Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
          great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
          to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
          accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
          when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
          at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
          them back to worship in the church.

          Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
          religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
          Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
          places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
          been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
          pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
          headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
          was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
          his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
          episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
          document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

          It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
          writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
          sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
          book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
          famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
          her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
          was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

          When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
          with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
          bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
          diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
          stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
          he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
          to the Roman customs.

          St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
          cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
          communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
          and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
          of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
          from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
          miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
          when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
          his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
          father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
          side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
          Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

          Chronicle of the Kings of England
          by William of Malmesbury
          http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


          Sources:
          ======

          Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
          Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

          Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
          (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

          Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
          (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

          For All the Saints:
          http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

          An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
          http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

          These Lives are archived at:
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
          *****************************************
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            St. Aldhelm of Malmesbury (Sherborne), Bishop
            ---------------------------------------------
            (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

            Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
            Feastday is 25 May.

            Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
            709.

            There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
            our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
            of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
            King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
            Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
            to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
            Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
            years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
            extensive library.

            In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
            Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
            abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
            England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
            another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
            Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
            five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

            Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
            great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
            to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
            accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
            when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
            at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
            them back to worship in the church.

            Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
            religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
            Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
            places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
            been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
            pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
            headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
            was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
            his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
            episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
            document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

            It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
            writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
            sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
            book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
            famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
            her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
            was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

            When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
            with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
            bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
            diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
            stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
            he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
            to the Roman customs.

            St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
            cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
            communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
            and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
            of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
            from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
            miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
            when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
            his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
            father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
            side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
            Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

            Chronicle of the Kings of England
            by William of Malmesbury
            http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


            Sources:
            ======

            Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
            Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

            Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
            (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

            Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
            (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

            For All the Saints:
            http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

            An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
            http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

            These Lives are archived at:
            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
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              St. Aldhelm of Malmesbury (Sherborne), Bishop
              ---------------------------------------------
              (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

              Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
              Feastday is 25 May.

              Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
              709.

              There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
              our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
              of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
              King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
              Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
              to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
              Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
              years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
              extensive library.

              In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
              Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
              abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
              England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
              another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
              Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
              five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

              Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
              great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
              to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
              accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
              when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
              at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
              them back to worship in the church.

              Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
              religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
              Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
              places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
              been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
              pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
              headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
              was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
              his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
              episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
              document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

              It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
              writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
              sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
              book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
              famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
              her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
              was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

              When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
              with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
              bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
              diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
              stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
              he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
              to the Roman customs.

              St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
              cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
              communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
              and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
              of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
              from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
              miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
              when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
              his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
              father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
              side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
              Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

              Chronicle of the Kings of England
              by William of Malmesbury
              http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


              Sources:
              ======

              Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
              Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

              Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
              (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

              Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
              (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

              For All the Saints:
              http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

              An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
              http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

              These Lives are archived at:
              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
              ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤
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                St. Aldhelm of Malmesbury (Sherborne), Bishop
                ---------------------------------------------
                (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

                Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
                Feastday is 25 May.

                Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
                709.

                There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
                our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
                of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
                King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
                Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
                to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
                Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
                years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
                extensive library.

                In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
                Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
                abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
                England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
                another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
                Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
                five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

                Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
                great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
                to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
                accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
                when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
                at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
                them back to worship in the church.

                Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
                religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
                Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
                places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
                been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
                pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
                headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
                was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
                his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
                episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
                document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

                It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
                writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
                sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
                book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
                famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
                her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
                was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

                When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
                with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
                bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
                diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
                stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
                he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
                to the Roman customs.

                St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
                cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
                communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
                and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
                of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
                from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
                miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
                when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
                his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
                father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
                side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
                Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

                Chronicle of the Kings of England
                by William of Malmesbury
                http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


                Sources:
                ======

                Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
                Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

                Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
                (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

                Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
                (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

                For All the Saints:
                http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
                http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

                These Lives are archived at:
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
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                  St. Aldhelm of Malmesbury (Sherborne), Bishop
                  ---------------------------------------------
                  (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

                  Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
                  Feastday is 25 May.

                  Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
                  709.

                  There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
                  our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
                  of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
                  King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
                  Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
                  to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
                  Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
                  years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
                  extensive library.

                  In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
                  Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
                  abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
                  England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
                  another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
                  Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
                  five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

                  Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
                  great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
                  to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
                  accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
                  when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
                  at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
                  them back to worship in the church.

                  Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
                  religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
                  Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
                  places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
                  been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
                  pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
                  headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
                  was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
                  his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
                  episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
                  document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

                  It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
                  writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
                  sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
                  book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
                  famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
                  her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
                  was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

                  When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
                  with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
                  bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
                  diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
                  stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
                  he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
                  to the Roman customs.

                  St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
                  cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
                  communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
                  and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
                  of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
                  from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
                  miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
                  when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
                  his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
                  father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
                  side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
                  Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

                  Chronicle of the Kings of England
                  by William of Malmesbury
                  http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


                  Sources:
                  ======

                  Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
                  Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

                  Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
                  (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

                  Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
                  (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

                  For All the Saints:
                  http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                  An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
                  http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

                  These Lives are archived at:
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
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                    St. Aldhelm of Malmesbury (Sherborne), Bishop
                    ---------------------------------------------
                    (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

                    Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
                    Feastday is 25 May.

                    Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
                    709.

                    There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
                    our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
                    of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
                    King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
                    Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
                    to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
                    Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
                    years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
                    extensive library.

                    In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
                    Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
                    abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
                    England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
                    another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
                    Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
                    five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

                    Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
                    great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
                    to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
                    accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
                    when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
                    at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
                    them back to worship in the church.

                    Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
                    religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
                    Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
                    places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
                    been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
                    pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
                    headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
                    was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
                    his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
                    episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
                    document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

                    It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
                    writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
                    sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
                    book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
                    famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
                    her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
                    was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

                    When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
                    with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
                    bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
                    diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
                    stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
                    he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
                    to the Roman customs.

                    St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
                    cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
                    communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
                    and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
                    of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
                    from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
                    miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
                    when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
                    his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
                    father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
                    side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
                    Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

                    Chronicle of the Kings of England
                    by William of Malmesbury
                    http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


                    Sources:
                    ======

                    Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
                    Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

                    Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
                    (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

                    Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
                    (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

                    For All the Saints:
                    http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                    An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
                    http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

                    These Lives are archived at:
                    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
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                      St. Aldhelm of Malmesbury (Sherborne), Bishop
                      ---------------------------------------------
                      (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

                      Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
                      Feastday is 25 May.

                      Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
                      709.

                      There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
                      our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
                      of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
                      King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
                      Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
                      to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
                      Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
                      years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
                      extensive library.

                      In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
                      Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
                      abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
                      England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
                      another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
                      Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
                      five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

                      Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
                      great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
                      to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
                      accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
                      when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
                      at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
                      them back to worship in the church.

                      Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
                      religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
                      Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
                      places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
                      been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
                      pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
                      headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
                      was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
                      his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
                      episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
                      document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

                      It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
                      writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
                      sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
                      book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
                      famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
                      her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
                      was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

                      When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
                      with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
                      bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
                      diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
                      stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
                      he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
                      to the Roman customs.

                      St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
                      cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
                      communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
                      and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
                      of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
                      from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
                      miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
                      when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
                      his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
                      father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
                      side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
                      Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

                      Chronicle of the Kings of England
                      by William of Malmesbury
                      http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


                      Sources:
                      ======

                      Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
                      Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

                      Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
                      (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

                      Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
                      (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

                      For All the Saints:
                      http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                      An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
                      http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

                      These Lives are archived at:
                      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
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                        St. Aldhelm of Malmesbury (Sherborne), Bishop
                        ---------------------------------------------
                        (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

                        Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
                        Feastday is 25 May.

                        Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
                        709.

                        There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
                        our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
                        of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
                        King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
                        Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
                        to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
                        Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
                        years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
                        extensive library.

                        In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
                        Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
                        abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
                        England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
                        another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
                        Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
                        five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

                        Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
                        great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
                        to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
                        accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
                        when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
                        at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
                        them back to worship in the church.

                        Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
                        religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
                        Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
                        places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
                        been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
                        pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
                        headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
                        was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
                        his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
                        episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
                        document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

                        It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
                        writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
                        sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
                        book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
                        famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
                        her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
                        was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

                        When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
                        with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
                        bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
                        diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
                        stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
                        he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
                        to the Roman customs.

                        St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
                        cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
                        communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
                        and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
                        of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
                        from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
                        miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
                        when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
                        his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
                        father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
                        side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
                        Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

                        Chronicle of the Kings of England
                        by William of Malmesbury
                        http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


                        Sources:
                        ======

                        Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
                        Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

                        Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
                        (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

                        Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
                        (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

                        For All the Saints:
                        http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/ss-index.htm

                        An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West
                        http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/saintsa.htm

                        These Lives are archived at:
                        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celt-saints
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                          ---------------------------------------------
                          (also known as Adhelm, Aldelmus)

                          Today is the Feast of the Translation of his holy relics. Primary
                          Feastday is 25 May.

                          Born in Wessex, England, c. 640; died at Doulting in Somerset, May 25,
                          709.

                          There is a short mention in Bede, who was his contemporary, but most of
                          our knowledge of Aldhelm comes from the Life written by the monk William
                          of Malmesbury. He was born about 639 when Cynegils, the first Christian
                          King, ruled the West-Saxons, and Birinus, who had brought the Faith to
                          Wessex, was the bishop at Dorchester. At the age of fifteen, he was sent
                          to the monastery at Malmesbury to study under an Irish monk called
                          Maedulph (Maeldubh). Although it had only been established for twenty
                          years, it had already gained a reputation for scholarship and a fairly
                          extensive library.

                          In 661 Aldhelm took monastic vows, and ten years later went to
                          Canterbury, where the school under the two great scholars, Hadrian the
                          abbot and Theodore the Archbishop, attracted students from every part of
                          England. He spent two years at Canterbury and would like to have made
                          another visit, but illness prevented him, and in 675 he was elected
                          Abbot of Malmesbury on the death of Maedulph. Aldhelm was then thirty
                          five years old and was to remain abbot until his death in 709.

                          Maedulph's church was a wooden structure, and Aldhelm replaced it with a
                          great church built in stone, celebrating its completion and dedication
                          to SS Peter and Paul with a poem of twenty one lines. He was an
                          accomplished poet, and King Alfred's Handbook tells the story of how,
                          when the congregation was thin at Malmesbury, Aldhelm went out and stood
                          at the bridge, entertaining the people as a minstrel until he had lured
                          them back to worship in the church.

                          Besides the minster at Malmesbury, Aldhelm established two other
                          religious houses, St. Laurence at Bradford upon Avon and St. John
                          Baptist at Frome, and there is still evidence of his buildings at both
                          places. At Wareham the ancient church of St. Martin is believed to have
                          been built by Aldhelm while he was waiting to cross to the continent on
                          pilgrimage to Rome, and there is a small chapel dedicated to him on the
                          headland which bears his name to the west of Swanage. His visit to Rome
                          was a great success, and he returned with a charter from the Pope for
                          his two monasteries at Malmesbury and Frome, exempting them from
                          episcopal jurisdiction. Ina of Wessex and Ethelred of Mercia signed this
                          document, guaranteeing peace to his foundations.

                          It is as a scholar that Aldhelm is best remembered, and among the
                          writings that survive are his treatise on the number seven, which he
                          sent to his friend and fellow student Aldfrid, King of Northumbria, a
                          book of a hundred riddles, and a dissertation on poetic metre. His
                          famous treatise In Praise of Virginity, he addressed to Hildilida and
                          her nuns at Barking, among whom was Cuthburga, the wife of Aldfrid, who
                          was to be the first abbess of Wimborne.

                          When Hedda, the West Saxon bishop, died in 705, the diocese was divided,
                          with Daniel having his seat at Winchester, and St.Aldhelm becoming
                          bishop of a new diocese with Sherborne as his Cathedral town. This new
                          diocese incorporated the counties of Dorset, Somerset and part of Devon,
                          stretching to Cornwall, with which Aldhelm had already had contact when
                          he wrote a letter to King Geraint urging the British church to conform
                          to the Roman customs.

                          St.Aldhelm was only bishop for four years, during which he built a
                          cathedral at Sherborne and continued to administer his monastic
                          communities. He died at the age of seventy in the church at Doulting,
                          and his friend Egwin, the bishop of Worcester, had a vision at the time
                          of his death and came post haste to bury him. The funeral procession
                          from Doulting to Malmesbury was marked by stone crosses every seven
                          miles and these were known as Bishopstones and were still in existence
                          when William wrote. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage, and in 955
                          his body was translated to a magnificent shrine given by Ethelwulf, the
                          father of Alfred the Great. Alfred's grandson Athelstan is buried by the
                          side of his favourite saint, to whom he prayed before the battle of
                          Brunanburh (Platts, Gallyon, Bowen).

                          Chronicle of the Kings of England
                          by William of Malmesbury
                          http://www.littlebohemia.org/malmesbury.html


                          Sources:
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                          Bowen, Paul. When We Were One: A Yearbook of the
                          Saints of the British Isles Complied from Ancient Calendars.

                          Gallyon, Margaret. The Early Church in Wessex and Mercia
                          (Terence Dalton Ltd, 1980)

                          Platts, Charles. Pioneers of Our Faith
                          (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1910)

                          For All the Saints: - new active link
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                          An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West - new active link
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