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C. 650, King Aldfrith of Northumbria gave a tract of land 20 miles northwest of York to monks from Melrose to found a monastery. St. Eata established a Celtic-rite house with St. Cuthbert as the prior. Refusing a royal decree to adopt Roman customs, the two went back to Melrose in 661, and the king made St. Wilfrid abbot of the now Benedictine monastery. Ripon was Wilfrid's refuge throughout his stormy career, and he was buried there when he died in 709. Ripon remained a spiritual center until its destruction c. 948 during King Edred's war with the Danes. Rebuilt by the Augustinian canons in the following century, Ripon did not regain its reputation. The house was dissolved under Henry VIII.

Karen Rae Keck

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