January 12 is the feast day for two very literary, very English, saints.
- Benedict Biscop (aka Biscop Baducing) was a seventh century nobleman who became a monk. A well-traveled Englishman, Biscop built Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey and collecting books for a large library within it. He is probably best known as a teacher of the Venerable Bede, “the Father of English History.”
St. Aelred of Rievaulx lived and wrote in the early twelfth century. His writing is both religious and historical. Life of St. Edward, King and Confessor is arguably his most famous work. After reading his letters, some have questioned his sexuality, and many pro-LGBT Christian groups claim him as a patron saint. However, the church recognizes him as the patron saint of bladder stone sufferers, since he suffered from one for many years. 🙂