Alphege, St.

Alphege, St. (successor) (11th century) In Christian legend, archbishop of Canterbury. Feast, 19 April. He was made archbishop in 1006; six years later the Danes took the city and the cathedral of Canterbury, killing the people and burning the city.

Alphege was kept in prison for seven months, then he was stoned to death because he refused to pay a large ransom for his life. Ten years after his death his body was found “entire and incorrupt,” according to medieval Christian legend.

From the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

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