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MELLITUS (d. 624)

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 96 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MELLITUS (d. 624), bishop of London and archbishop of Canterbury, was sent to England by Pope Gregory the Great in 6ot. He was consecrated by St Augustine before 604i and a church was built for him in London by Aethelberht, kit.* of Kent; this church was dedicated to St Paul, and Mellitus became first bishop of London. About ten years later the East Saxons reverted to heathenism and the bishop was driven from his see. He took refuge in Kent and then in Gaul, but soon returned to England, and in 619 became archbishop of Canterbury in succession to Laurentius. He died on the 24th of April 624.
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