St. Tatwine, Archbishop of Canterbury
The ninth archbishop of Canterbury, Tatwine, was a Mercian who became a
monk at Bruidon (Bredon) in Worcestershire. He was also a priest. Elected
archbishop through the influence
of Æthelbald of Mercia in 731, he
succeeded Brihtwald and received the pallium two years later from Gregory
III. Legend, now disbelieved, says that Tatwine was instrumental in
establishing the primacy of Canterbury over York, whose archbishop also
received the pallium from Gregory III, and over the church in England.
Tatwine composed 40 riddles, the
Ænigmata, in Latin hexameters based on
the work of Eusebius, an English monk.
Ars Tatvini, his other extant work,
is a grammar that draws heavily from the writings of Consentius and
Isidore. Bede praises Tatwine, who died in 734, as educated, pious, and
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