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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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