Saint Edmund of Canterbury-16th November 2016

Nuremberg chronicles – Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury (CCLXIIv)


Appointed 1233
Term ended 1240
Predecessor John Blund
Successor Boniface of Savoy
Consecration 2 April 1234
Personal details
Born 20 November c. 1175
St Edmund’s Lane, Abingdon, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), England
Died 16 November 1240
Soisy-Bouy, Seine-et-Marne, France
Buried Pontigny Abbey, Burgundy, France
Feast day 16 November
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion
Title as Saint Archbishop
Canonized 16 December 1246
by Pope Innocent IV
Attributes archbishop making a vow before a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary; embracing the Child Jesus; placing a ring on the finger of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary; receiving a lamb from the Blessed Virgin Mary; with Saint Richard of Chichester; with Saint Thomas of Canterbury
Patronage Abingdon, Oxfordshire; Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth; St Edmund’s College, Cambridge; St Edmund Hall, Oxford
Shrines Pontigny Abbey, Pontigny, Yonne, France


Archbishop of Canterbury, England, born 20 November, c. 1180, at Abingdon, six miles from Oxford; died 16 November, 1240, at Soissy, France. His early chronology is somewhat uncertain. His parents, Reinald (Reginald) and Mabel Rich, were remarkable for piety. It is said that his mother constantly wore hair-cloth, and attended almost every night at Matins in the abbey church. His father, even during the lifetime of his mother, entered the monastery of Eynsham in Oxfordshire. Edmund had two sisters and at least one brother. The two sisters became nuns at Catesby. From his earliest years he was taught by his mother to Archbishop of Canterbury, England, , such as fasting on Saturdays on bread and water, and wearing a hair shirt. When old enough he was sent to study at Oxford. While there, the Child Christ appeared to him while he was walking alone in the fields. In memory of what passed between him and Christ on that occasion, he used every night to sign his forehead with the words “Jesus of Nazareth”, a custom he recommended to others. Anxious to preserve purity of mind and body, Edmund made a vow of chastity, and as a pledge thereof he procured two rings; one he placed on the finger of Our Lady’s statue in St. Mary’s Oxford, the other he himself wore.

About 1195, in company with his brother Richard, he was sent to the schools of Paris.[ read more]