Thomas of Dover

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St. Thomas of Dover (died 1295) was a Roman Catholic monk who was sainted for martyrdom. [1]

On 2 or 5 August 1295, a French raiding party attacked the Benedictine Dover Priory in Dover, England. The only person the raiders found there was an old sick monk named Thomas Hales (or de Halys).

Dover Priory

The Priory of St. Mary the Virgin and St. Martin of the New Work, or Newark, commonly called Dover Priory, was a priory at Dover in southeast England. It was variously independent in rule, then occupied by canons regular of the Augustinian rule, then finally monks of the Benedictine rule as a cell of Christchurch Monastery, Canterbury.

The French killed Hales when he refused to reveal the hiding place of the priory valuables. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Wikisource-logo.svg Wainewright, John (1912). "Thomas of Dover". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia . 14. New York: Robert Appleton Company.


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