Saint Edmund Rich
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Archbishop of Canterbury England, who battled for discipline and justice, also called
Edmund of Abingdon. Born in Abingdon, on November 30, 1180. he studied at Oxford, England, and in
Paris, France. He taught art and mathematics at Oxford and was ordained. He spent eight years
teaching theology and became Canon and treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral. An eloquent speaker, Edmund
preached a crusade for Pope Gregory IX and was named archbishop of Canterbury. He became an advisor
to King Henry III and presided in 1237 at Henry's ratification of the Great Charter. When Cardinal
Olt became a papal legate with the patronage of King Henry, Edmund protested. A long-lasting feud
between Edmund, the king, and his legate led him to resigning his see in 1240. He went to Pontigny,
France, where he became a Cistercian. He died at Soissons, on November 16. Edmund was canonized in
1246 or 1247. A hall in Oxford bears his name.
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