Book of Saints – Elphege


ELPHEGE (ALPHAGE) (Saint) Bishop, Martyr (April 19) (11th century) Born A.D. 954, of a noble Saxon family, he became a monk, and afterwards Abbot of the monastery he had founded near Bath. In the year 984 he was chosen Bishop of Winchester, and in 1000 Archbishop of Canterbury. The following year the Danes sacked Canterbury, carrying off the holy Archbishop, for whom they expected a large ransom; but he refused to allow his Church to put itself to such expense for him. He was therefore kept in prison at Greenwich for seven months, and, because he still refused to charge his Church with his ransom, was stoned and finally done to death by a swordstroke (A.D. 1002). He fell asleep in Christ, truly a Martyr, with his last breath praying for his murderers.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Elphege”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 November 2012. Web. 19 April 2019. <>