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St. Eosterwine

VII Century
A soldier before becoming a monk, Eosterwine (Easterwine) was a relative of Benedict Biscop, whom he succeeded as abbot of the monastery of St. Peter at Wearmouth. Known for his gentle nature, Eosterwine would, says Bede, work alongside the monks even after he became their leader. He died four years after becoming abbot, and in 716 Ceolfrid translated his relics and those of Biscop to the high altar of the monastery.

Karen Rae Keck


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