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Deusdedit, archbishop of Canterbury (655–64), was the sixth man to hold that office and the first Englishman to be appointed; his predecessors were all members of the missions dispatched from Rome by Pope Gregory the Great. He was a West Saxon whose English name seems to have been Frithuwine, but nothing else is known of his early history. Nor is anything recorded of his achievements as archbishop, though we do know that he died on 14 July 664 in the great plague of that year.

Barbara Yorke

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