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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780470656327.2014.x


Ivo, ST, was allegedly a bishop of Persian origin who had travelled with three companions from the east to Rome, then through Gaul to Britain, and finally to Slepe near Huntingdon, in (what was then) territory of the * Mercia ns; here he and his companions died and were buried – Ivo in his oriental episcopal robes – in a stone sarcophagus (it was the robes and other insignia which subsequently permitted Ivo's identification as a Persian bishop). Many years later ( centum circiter lustris , says Goscelin: 400 years?), a peasant ploughing the land discovered the sarcophagus when he struck it with his ploughshare; the discovery is dated precisely to 24 April 1001 by * Goscelin in his Vita S. Ivonis . By this time Slepe was an estate of * Ramsey . Goscelin also states that the inventio or discovery took place exactly ten years after the death of Ealdorman * Æthelwine , Ramsey's founder and benefactor; but since Æthelwine died on 24 April 992, there is an irreconcilable discrepancy in Goscelin's dates. In any event, when the discovery was reported to Abbot Eadnoth (993–1006), he arranged for the translation of the saints’ relics to Ramsey; the ceremony of translation was attended by Abbots Eadnoth and * Germanus , then abbot of Cholsey, but a former resident of Ramsey. St Ivo was commemorated in post-Conquest liturgical calendars on 24 April, and among confessors in Anglo-Saxon ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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