Botulph of Icanhoe, St.
BOTULPH OF ICANHOE, ST.
Abbot and monastic founder; fl. 7th century. Very little is known about him, for the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle states merely that in 654 "Botulf began to build a minster at Ycean-ho," and the anonymous Historia abbatum, once mistakenly attributed to bede, mentions him as "a man of distinguished achievement and learning, dedicated to the spiritual life," who was already famous in his own lifetime. It was only in the 11th century that Folcard, Abbot of thorney, recorded the historically unreliable and legendary life. According to this legend, Botulph was the brother of St. Adulph, an alleged bishop of Utrecht, of whose existence at Utrecht there is no record. The two brothers left their native England to become monks on the Continent, but Botulph returned and founded a benedictine monastery at Icanhoe, a location now generally identified with Boston (Botulphstown). He is said to have died c. 655 and to have been buried with Adulph in the sanctuary of his foundation, which, however, was destroyed in the Danish invasions. His cult was widespread, especially in Norfolk, and the brothers share the same feast day in most calendars.
Feast: June 17.
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