Britain, is said to have beenEnd of Article: SAINT ALBAN
See also:born at
See also:Verulamium (the
See also:modern St Albans in
See also:Hertfordshire) towards the close of the 3rd century, and to have served for seven years in Rome in the army of the emperor
See also:Diocletian . On his return to Britain he settled at his native place and was put to
See also:death as a Christian during the persecution of Diocletian (c . 286-303) . According to tradition, when peace was restored,
See also:great honours were paid to his
See also:tomb . A
See also:church was built on the spot, c . 793, by
See also:King Offa of
See also:Mercia . A monastery was subsequently added, and around it the
See also:town of St Albans gradually
See also:grew up .
See also:Pope Adrian I.V., who was born in the neighbourhood, conferred on the
See also:abbot of St
See also:Alban's the, right of precedence over his
See also:fellow abbots, a right hitherto attached to the abbey of
See also:Glastonbury . St Alban is commemorated in the
See also:martyrology on the 22nd of
See also:June; but it is impossible to determine with certainty whether he ever existed, as no mention of him occurs till the
See also:middle of the 6th century . See U . Chevalier, Repertoire
See also:sources historiques (19os);i, 95; D .
See also:Hardy, Descriptive
See also:Catalogue, (18¢2), I. i .
3-34, ii . 688 .
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