St. Adrian of Canterbury
Also spelled HADRIAN
St. Adrian (d. c. 709/710) was born in Africa and twice refused Vitalian's
offer of the see of Canterbury.
Theodore of Tarsus,
whom he had recommended for the archbishopric, to England. Adrian lived in
Canterbury for 39 years as abbot of Sts. Peter and Paul (later St.
Augustine) and director of the cathedral school. Some say he founded the
school. Aldhelm, a former student, praised the education he received
there, and Bede notes that some monks at Canterbury knew Greek and Latin
as well as they knew their native tongue. The school also taught
Scripture, theology, Roman law, and compuistics (calendar calculation) to
students from many places in the British Isles. Adrian promoted the use of
Roman customs among the Celts. His tomb became famous for the miracles
that occured there, and in 1091, his body was found incorrupt.
Karen Rae Keck
Catholic Patron Saints Index:
1912 Catholic Encyclopedia: (Read with caution)
- Bernhard Bischoff and Michael Lapidge, eds:
Biblical Commentaries from the Canterbury School of Theodore and
Cambridge, UK, and New York: CUP, 1994.
Arthur Francis Leach:
The Schools of Medieval England, (1915).
New York: B. Blom, 1915. Chapters I and III discuss Theodore and
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