St. Alban

d. 304

Saint Alban was the first Christian maryter recorded in British history. He was born in the town which now bears his name in the late third century, and is thought to have served for seven years in Rome in the army of the emperor Diocletian. On his return to Britain he settled at his native place and was put to death as a Christian during the persecution of Diocletian (c. 286-303). According to tradition, when peace was restored, great honours were paid to his tomb. A church was built on the spot, c. 793, by King Offa of Mercia. A monastery was subsequently added, and around it the present town of St Albans gradually grew up.

—derived from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

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Story of St. Alban  in  Our Island Story  by  H. E. Marshall
Saint Alban  in  Our Island Saints  by  Amy Steedman
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St. Alban's Abbey
 in The Chantry Priest of Barnet