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St. Tatwine, Archbishop of Canterbury

VIII Century
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 prudent.

Karen Rae Keck


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