Legendary Brit. martyr. His death has been variously assigned to 249/251 (in a persecution under Decius), 283 or 286 (executed under martial law after protecting a priest, by whom he was converted, from persecutors), and 302/305 (in the persecution under Diocletian). Benedictine abbey founded ca. 793/794 at the site of his reputed martyrdom in Hertfordshire was named St. Albans in his honor. See also England, A 1; Persecution of Christians, 4.
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