On This Day In The Viking Age
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19 April

Last Updated 28 March 2021

Featured Image: Martyrdom of Saint Alphege (Geograph.co.uk | © Copyright Tiger | CC-BY-SA 2.0).

1012 – Murder of Saint Alphege

Ælfheah of Canterbury goes by many names, but he is mostly known as Saint Alphege. On this day, he is murdered by Danish Vikings for his principle not to give the Danes any money, or allow ransom money to be paid for his release.

Read the fascinating trilogy of Saint Alphege on A Clerk of Oxford’s blog, to use her own description: the Danish view, the English view, and the story of his Vita.

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