Paulinus of York was a Roman missionary and the first Bishop of York. A
member of the Gregorian mission sent by Pope Gregory I to convert the
Anglo-Saxons to Christianity in 601, Paulinus arrived in England by 604
with the second missionary group. Little is known of Paulinus'
activities in the following two decades. After some years spent in
Kent, Paulinus was consecrated a bishop, probably in 627. He
accompanied Æthelburg of Kent, sister of King Eadbald of Kent, on her
journey to Northumbria to marry King Edwin of Northumbria, and
eventually succeeded in converting Edwin to Christianity. Paulinus also
converted many of Edwin's subjects and built a few churches. One of the
women Paulinus baptised was a future saint, Hilda of Whitby. Following
Edwin's death in 633 Paulinus and Æthelburg fled Northumbria, leaving
behind a member of Paulinus' clergy, James the Deacon. Paulinus
returned to Kent, where he became Bishop of Rochester. After his death
in 644, Paulinus was venerated as a saint.
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