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Anselm was born in Aosta Piedmont in 1033.  He entered the Benedictine Order at the monastery of Bec anselmin Normandy France.  While he quickly progressed in the spiritual life, he taught theology to his fellow students.  He went to England where he was appointed archbishop of canterbury in 1093.  He fought vigorously for the freedom of the Church from William II and Henry I, and for this he was twice exiled.  He has achieved fame for his writings, especially those on mystical theology. He was known as the “Father of Scholasticism.”  He died in 1109.  He was declared Doctor of the Church in 1720. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2639; Christian Prayer 1990, p 1116.

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