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Felix, St

Felix, St (d. 648). A Burgundian bishop, Felix offered himself to Honorius, archbishop of Canterbury, for missionary work in England. He was sent to help King Sigeberht establish the church in East Anglia c.631, exemplifying the important partnership between kings and bishops in the evangelization of England. Bede tells us that he ‘reaped a rich harvest of believers’, delivering the province from ‘its age-old wickedness and infelicity’. He also provided teachers and masters for Sigeberht's school, based on the Canterbury system. His see was established in Dommoc, thought to be Dunwich (Suffolk), where he remained until his death.

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