Ivo of Ramsey

Ivo Of Ramsey

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Saint Ivo (also known as Ives) was a Cornish bishop and hermit, and became the eponymous saint of St Ives. He appears in the historical sources in 1001/2 when a peasant allegedly found his coffin while ploughing at Slepe (what became St Ives). The Abbot of Ramsey, Eadnoth the Younger, founded a monastery there as a daughter-house of Ramsey, providing Slepe as well as part of Elsworth and Knapworth as endowment.Lapidge (ed.), Byrhtferth, pp. 180–81, n. 144

Ivo was a Cornish saint. Rumours of a Persian link came about when Withman, Abbot of Ramsey, heard in the Holy Land of a Persian bishop named Ivo; subsequently the link to the Fenland Ivo was written down by Goscelin of St Bertin. It is possible that Saint Ivo is a male double of Saint Neot, a suggestion made by historian Cyril Hart on the basis of the strangeness of two Cornish saints so close together far away in eastern England. Saint Neot turned up in......
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