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Augustine of Canterbury
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(died 604/605? 609?), prior of the monastery of St. Andrew in Rome, sent to England in 595 by Gregory I (the Great) with a group of monks, in order to carry out missionary work. While still in the kingdom of the Franks, Augustine became disheartened and returned, but was commissioned anew by Gregory and appointed abbot. While underway in Gaul, he was consecrated bishop and landed in Kent with his companions in 597. King Ethelbert (562/565–618) gave his approval to the mission and to the founding of a monastery in Canterbury. The king and numerous Kentish natives were b…

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Schäferdiek, Knut, “Augustine of Canterbury”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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