Saint William of Roskilde

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Priest. Court chaplain to King Canute of England and Denmark. During a trip to Denmark, William saw a crying need for Christian missionaries, and he worked there the rest of his life.

Bishop of Roskilde, Zeeland. He decreed that a person who had shed blood unjustly could not receive the sacraments until he had done public penance. King Sweyn, who was one of the targets of this order, came to the cathedral with armed men, determined to have his own way and show that the king rules, not the Church. William stood at the door, armed only with his crozier. When the guards threatened to attack him, William offered no resistence. Sweyn was shamed, asked forgiveness, and gave the church a gift of lands in token his penance.


  • Anglo-Saxon


  • 1067 of natural causes
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MLA Citation

  • “Saint William of Roskilde“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 July 2020. Web. 22 September 2021. <>