Anselm of St Saba

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Anselm of St Saba
Bishop of London elect
Diocese Diocese of London
Elected about 22 March 1136
Installed 1137
Term ended 1138
Predecessor Gilbert Universalis
Successor Robert de Sigello
Other posts Abbot of Bury St. Edmunds
Consecration never consecrated
Personal details
Died 3 January 1148
Denomination Catholic

Anselm (or Anselm of St Saba; died 1148) was a medieval Bishop of London elect as well as Abbot of Bury St. Edmunds.


Anselm was a nephew of Anselm of Canterbury and a monk of Chiusi. He was also abbot of Saint Saba monastery in Rome and a papal legate to England from 1115 to 1119. In 1121 he was elected Abbot of Bury St. Edmunds Abbey.[1] He was elected to the see of London about 22 March 1136 and was enthroned at London in 1137, but his election was quashed by Pope Innocent II in 1138 and he returned to Bury St. Edmunds.[2] He died on 3 January 1148.[1] Anselm wanted to make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, but was talked out of the trip by his monks, so he instead built a church to St. James, which may be the first church dedicated to St. James in England.[3]


  1. ^ a b Knowles Heads of Religious Houses p. 32
  2. ^ British History Online Bishops of London accessed on 28 October 2007
  3. ^ Lomax "First English Pilgrims" Studies in Medieval History p. 174


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Gilbert Universalis
Bishop of London
election quashed

Succeeded by
Robert de Sigello