Paul of Caen

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Paul of Caen[1] was a Norman Benedictine monk who became fourteenth Abbot of St Albans Abbey in 1077, a position he held to 1093.[2] He was a nephew of Archbishop Lanfranc.[3]

Paul, former monk of the Saint-Étienne abbey in Caen,[4] was an energetic builder at the Abbey,[5] having materials from the ruins of Roman Verulamium, collected by earlier abbots Ealdred and Ealmer, to work with.[6] He also took a firm line with older reverences, disregarding some Anglo-Saxon relics and tombs,[7] and allowing the incorporation of older religious stonework into foundations, thus paradoxically ensuring their preservation for archaeology.[8] He encouraged the transcription of manuscripts.[9][10]


  1. ^ Paul of St Albans, Paul de Caen.
  2. ^ [1], [2].
  3. ^ David Knowles, The Monastic Order in England (2nd edition 1963), p.96.
  4. ^ (in French) Célestin Hippeau, L'Abbaye de Saint-Étienne de Caen, 1066-1790, Caen, A. Hardel, 1855, p.28
  5. ^ St Albans Abbey
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ Knowles. pp.118-9.
  8. ^ CINOA: An Important Anglo Danish carved sandstone pillar slab , School of Bakewell
  9. ^ Gesta Abbatum Monasterii Sancti Albani, ed. H. T. Riley, 3 vols. (London, 1867) vol. 1, pp 51-66
  10. ^ R. M. Thomson, Manuscripts from St Albans Abbey 1066-1235, 2 vols. (Woodbridge, 1985), vol. 1, pp 11-77