St. Botolph, Abbot of Icanhoe
Also BOTULF OF IKENHO, etc.
The founder of Icanhoe (Ox-island), St. Botolph was
born in East Anglia and was educated in Europe. He and his brother Adolph,
whose existence is doubted, may have become monks in Germany before
Botolph became the chaplain to a convent where the sisters of King
Ethelwold lived. Ethelwold gave Botolph the land in the Fens for Icanhoe,
which was later destroyed by the Danes. Legends say that when Botolph's
relics were to be translated, no one could move them until they also
translated Adolph's relics. No one knows where Icanhoe was: the two modern
candidates are Iken in Suffolk and Boston (i.e. Botolphston)
in Lincolnshire. St. Botolph was
one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages in Britain and in
Scandinavia, and is the patron saint of
Karen Rae Keck
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