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Lindisfarne, diocese of

Lindisfarne, diocese of. The bishopric, originally based on the island monastery founded by Aidan (c.635), became the spiritual springboard of Celtic Christian mission in England. Cuthbert became bishop in 685, but died in 687. After the island had been sacked twice by the Danes in 793 and 875, the monks fled with Cuthbert's relics and the Lindisfarne Gospels to Chester-le-Street and then to Durham. The see and monastery were not revived.

Revd Dr William M. Marshall

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