Ælfheah of Canterbury (954–1012) was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop of
Winchester, later Archbishop of Canterbury. He became an anchorite
before being elected abbot of Bath Abbey. His piety and sanctity led to
his promotion to the episcopate, and eventually to his becoming
archbishop. Ælfheah furthered the cult of St Dunstan and also
encouraged learning. He was captured by Viking raiders in 1011 and
killed by them the following year, after refusing to allow himself to
be ransomed. Ælfheah was canonized as a saint in 1078. Thomas Becket, a
later Archbishop of Canterbury (and himself canonized), prayed to him
just before his own slaying in Canterbury Cathedral. Ælfheah became a
monk early in life. He first entered the monastery of Deerhurst, but
then moved to Bath, where he became an anchorite. He was noted for his
piety and austerity, and rose to become abbot of Bath Abbey.
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1. A descendant; a son or daughter.
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