Odo of Canterbury
Church historical circumstances
Odo came to the court of the Anglo-Saxon King Alfred the Great , where he was raised, baptized and prepared for the priesthood as a Christian. In 925 he was Bishop of Ramsbury. Odo and Archbishop Wulfstan of York brokered a peace treaty between King Edmund I of England and Olaf Guthfrithsson , the Viking king of Jorvik near Leicester in 939 .
In 942 he took over the office of Archbishop of Canterbury . The cathedral chapter there was very reserved towards him. Odo overcame this initial resistance by taking the Benedictine professorship, a solemn vow, in the French abbey of Fleury .
In the following years Odo promoted monasticism, pastoral care and took care of the purity of customs. Because of his kindness and willingness to help, he was nicknamed the Good during his lifetime .
He was the tutor of his nephew, who was later canonized Oswald of York .
Name day of the saint is June 2nd.
- Axel Müßigbrod: Odo (the good) from Canterbury. In: Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL). Volume 6, Bautz, Herzberg 1993, ISBN 3-88309-044-1 , Sp. 1112-1113.
- Symeon of Durham , Historia regum Anglorum et Dacorum
- Symeon von Durham , Translator: J. Stevenson: The Historical Works of Simeon of Durham . In: Church Historians of England, volume III, part II . Seeley's. 1855. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
Bishop of Ramsbury
923 / 927-942
Archbishop of Canterbury
|SURNAME||Odo of Canterbury|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Odo the good|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||English archbishop and saint|
|DATE OF BIRTH||around 880|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Denmark|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 2, 959|
|Place of death||Canterbury|