Deusdedit (died c. 664) was a medieval Archbishop of Canterbury, the
first native-born holder of the see of Canterbury. By birth an Anglo-
Saxon, and perhaps originally named Frithona, Frithuwine or Frithonas,
he became archbishop in 655. The name Deusdedit, which he probably took
when consecrated as archbishop, means "God has given" and was the name
of a recent pope. He was archbishop for more than nine years until his
death, probably from the plague. There is some controversy over the
exact date of Deusdedit's death, owing to discrepancies in the medieval
written work that records his life. Little is known about his
episcopate. The see of Canterbury seems to have been passing through a
period of comparative obscurity and Deusdedit only consecrated one
bishop; the other new bishops in England were consecrated by Celtic or
foreign bishops. He founded a nunnery in the Isle of Thanet and helped
with the foundation of Medeshamstede Abbey, later Peterborough Abbey, in
657. He was considered to be a saint after his demise, with a feast day
of 14 July. A saint's life was written after his relics were moved from
their original burial place in 1091 (location of unmarked grave
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