Odo of Canterbury

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Odo von Canterbury (* around 880 in Denmark , † June 2, 959 in Canterbury ) was an English archbishop and is a saint. He is also known as Odo the Good .

Church historical circumstances

In the 9th and 10th centuries, efforts were under way on the British Isles to Christianize pagan tribes and groups .


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 .

Remembrance day

Name day of the saint is June 2nd.

See also


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Symeon of Durham , Historia regum Anglorum et Dacorum

Web links

predecessor Office successor
Æthelstan Bishop of Ramsbury
923 / 927-942
Wulfhelm Archbishop of Canterbury