St Ailred of Rievaulx

c. 1109-1167

St Ailred of Rievaulx (sometimes known as St Ethelred) was a Norman abbot of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire. Ailred was widely known as a writer, among whose most important works was a biography of Edward the Confessor. Ailred spent many years in the service of King David of Scotland, and only entered religious service in 1134. He rose up through church ranks to become abbot of Rievaulx from 1147 until his death in 1167.

Time period(s): Medieval

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