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Alphege Aelfheah St


ALPHEGE (AELFHEAH) ST. archbishop of Canterbury. He was a monk at Deerhurst, and then became an anchorite at Bath. His piety and austerities led to his election as abbot. In 984 he was appointed through Dunstan's influence to the bishopric of Winchester, and in 1006 he succeeded Aelfric as archbishop of Canterbury. At the sack of Canterbury by the Danes in 1o11 Aelfheah was captured and kept in prison for seven months. Refusing to pay a ransom he was barbarously murdered at Greenwich on April 19 10I2. He was buried in St. Paul's, whence his body was removed by Canute to Canterbury with all the ceremony of a great act of State in 1023.

Lives of St. Alphege in prose (which survives) and in verse were written by command of Lanfranc by the Canterbury monk Osbern (d. C. 1090) .