Alphege was born near Bath, became a monk at an early age and abbot at Bath Abbey. He was elected Bishop of Winchester, and had an organ built that was so big it took 24 men to operate and could be heard a mile away. In 994, Viking raider Olaf Tryggvason invaded, took tribute and somehow became a Christian, vowing never to plunder England again. But a few years later other Danes set siege, sacked Canterbury, took Alphege hostage and killed him when he refused to let the English be plundered further. (source unknown)

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