Augustine of Canterbury

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Augustine of Canterbury (birth unknown; died May 26, A.D. 604) was the first Archbishop of Canterbury, sent to Ethelbert of Kent, Bretwalda of England by Pope Gregory the Great in 596. He was accompanied by Laurence of Canterbury, the second archbishop.

Ethelbert's wife Bertha, daughter of Charibert, one of the Merovingian kings of the Franks, had brought a chaplain with her (Liudhard) and either built a church or restored a church in Canterbury from Roman times and dedicated it to St. Martin of Tours, a major patronal saint for the Merovingian royal family.

In 601 Mellitus and Justus arrived from Rome. Augustine consecrated Mellitus bishop of London and Justus bishop of Rochester.