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A successor to the famous early Christian missionaries, St Patrick, St Columba and St Aidan, Cuthbert first entered the monastery at Melrose in southern Scotland in 651, moved to the new monastery at Ripon in Yorkshire and then returned to Melrose. In 664, the Synod of Whitby addressed growing tensions between Irish and Roman traditions within the Church by backing Roman practices. Soon afterwards, Cuthbert, who apparently accepted the Roman traditions, became prior of the Irish-founded monastery at Lindisfarne on Holy Island, off the coast of north-east England, and in 685 was made bishop of Lindisfarne. During this time, he spent long periods living as a hermit on the nearby island of Inner Farne where he died on 20 March 687. Cuthbert was elevated to sainthood in 698, only 11 years after his death. He became one of Britain’s most popular and widely-venerated saints, both in the Anglo-Saxon period and after the Norman Conquest. Bede (d. 735), the historian and monk of Wearmouth-Jarrow who wrote two biographical accounts of Cuthbert’s life, said he was the saint for Britain, just as Peter and Paul were the saints for Rome. Cuthbert’s shrine was a major national pilgrimage centre in the Middle Ages and he remains the North’s best-loved saint.digitized each precious page, so that scholars and dilettantes can peruse it at will. Almost makes you want to brush up on your Latin (although it's surprising how many words you can figure out)!