Saints of the Day – Tatwin of Canterbury


(also known as Tatuini, Tadwinus)

Died July 30, 734. Saint Tatwin, a monk of Bredon (Brenton) in Worcestershire, was described by Saint Bede as a man of remarkable prudence, devotion, and learning. At the recommendation of the Mercian King Ethelbald, Tatwin was chosen to succeed Saint Brithwald as archbishop of Canterbury in 731 and received the pallium in 733. Thereafter he consecrated bishops for Lindsey (Lincolnshire) and Selsey (West Sussex), which are the only recorded acts of his episcopacy. He did, however, leave behind several works including Riddles (Enigmata), consisting of 40 acrostics similar to those of Saint Aldhelm. They treat of such diverse subjects as philosophy, charity, the alphabet, the pen, scissors, and swords. His Grammar (Ars Tatwini) expands upon that of Consentius and borrows from Donatus, Priscian, and other sources.

Tatwin was buried in the abbey church of Saint Augustine at Canterbury, and received an unofficial cultus. His relics, as well as the others buried there, were translated in 1091 when the church was enlarged. The epitaph on his tomb praised him for the same qualities described by Bede (Benedictines, Farmer).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 July 2020. Web. 17 January 2022. <>