St William of Aebelholt

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Augustinian abbot. Born in France in 1127, William of Aebelholt went on to become one of Denmark's most revered saints. His letters are a valuable source of information about the early church there.

William was a canon in Paris when in 1171 he was invited by the bishop of Roskilde to take care of the reform of the abbey of Eskilso in Ise Fjord, Zealand.

He then founded the abbey of Aebelholt on the same island. William was then sent to Rome to speak to the Pope on behalf of Ingleburga, sister of the Danish king, who had been repudiated by her husband, King Philip Augustus of France.

He died in 1203 and was canonised in 1224.

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