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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

28 October 994 A.D. Sigeric the Serious Dies—27th of 105 Archbishops of Canterbury

28 October 994 A.D.  Sigeric the Serious Dies—27th of 105 Archbishops of Canterbury

Bevans,  G. M. “Sigeric the Serious (Died AD 994) .”  N.d. Accessed 7 May 2014.

Bevans,  Portraits of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Toronto, ONT:  University of Toronto Libraries, 2011. Available here:

Sigeric the Serious
(Died AD 994)

Bishop of Ramsbury & Sonning
Archbishop of Canterbury
Died: 28th October AD 994

Sigeric was educated at Glastonbury, where he became a monk, and was elected Abbot of St. Augustine's, Canterbury in AD 980. He was consecrated by Archbishop Dunstan to the See of Ramsbury & Sonning and, in AD 990 was translated to Canterbury. By his advice, King Aethelred the Unready attempted to purchase peace from the Danes for the sum of ten thousand pounds, a proceeding which only served to encourage fresh invasions.

Abbot Aelfric dedicated to him a book of homilies, which he had translated from the Latin, requesting him to correct any blemishes or errors which he might detect. As, moreover, Sigeric bequeathed to his church a valuable collection of books, he seems to have been man of considerable learning. He died in AD 994.

Edited from G.M. Bevan's "Portraits of the Archbishops of Canterbury" (1908).

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