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St ANSELM

Grumpy Archbishop of Canterbury

Thrown out of home by his father, our Saint wandered from the Alpines to France where he entered a monastery in Bee, and pondered upon Why God Made Man.

We have often wondered the same thing, but in this case it inspired him to express his thoughts in such works as The Monologium.

Sent to England after the Norman Conquest, he did not get on well with King Rufus, and the erstwhile Saint retired to Calabria for a while to finish writing his 'Why God Was Made Man' epic.

He returned to England when Rufus was snuffed out in a hunting 'accident', only to find himself at loggerheads with Henry I.

To be honest, St ANSELM was always rather a grouch at the best of times and considered it spiritually dangerous to sit in a garden because it was too pleasant to the senses. How he gets on in Heaven we can't imagine. Probably hates it.

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Article last updated on 23 January 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT St ANSELM : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ANSELM
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Male
Type : Saint or Sage
Celebration or Feast Day : April 21st
Birth and Death Dates : 1033-1109
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 73

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