Eadwold of Cerne

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Cerne Abbey ruins.

Eadwold of Cerne, was a 9th-century, hermit, Anglian Prince and Patron Saint of Cerne, Dorset, who live as a hermit on a hill about four miles from Cerne. His Feast day is 29 August.

Life

St. Eadwold was born about 835AD, the son of Æthelweard of East Anglia[1] and reputed brother of Edmund, king of East Anglia. He left his homeland possibly due to Viking Invasion, to live as a hermit on a hill about four miles from Cerne, Dorset. William of Malmesbury said he lived on bread and water,[2] and worked many miracles.[3] He is known from the writing of William of Malmesbury and the Hagiographies of St Eadwold of Cerne, by Goscelin of Saint-Bertin and also Secgan.

Veneration

Eadwold died, Aug 29, c900 at Cerne in Dorset and is said to have been buried in his cell,[4] and was later translated to a nearby monastery, dedicated to St Peter.[5] and his veneration is credited with making that Abbey the third richest in England during the 11th Century.[6]

References

  1. Eadwold of Cerne
  2. Michael Winterbottom, Rodney Malcolm Thomson, William of Malmesbury: Gesta Pontificum Anglorum, The History of the English Bishops : Volume I: Text and Translation: Volume I: Text and Translation (Oxford University Press, 2007) page 291
  3. Edwold (Eadwold) of Cerne in The Oxford Dictionary of Saints
  4. Licence, Tom (2007) '‘Goscelin of Saint-Bertin and the hagiography of St Eadwold of Cerne’'. Journal of Medieval Latin, vol16
  5. Licence, Tom (2007) '‘Goscelin of Saint-Bertin and the hagiography of St Eadwold of Cerne’'. Journal of Medieval Latin, vol16
  6. Tom Licence, Goscelin of St Bertin and the Life of St. Eadwold of Cerne, Journal The Journal of Medieval Latin vol 16

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