Tatberht was an eighth century Anglo Saxon Saint, Abbot[1] and contemporary of the venerable Bede.[2]


He is known to history through the writing of Bede, the Secgan Hagiography, Stephen of Ripon, Hugh Candidus and Byrhtferth.


The western façade of the cathedral.

Tatberht was appointed the second Abbot of Ripon, in accord with the terms of the will[1] of the Abbeys founder Saint Wilfrid,[3] who was notable for arguing the Roman position at the Synod of Whitby.

A relative of his predecessor Wilfred,[4] with whom he worked closely,[5] Tatberht, was named in Wilfrid’s will as joint heir with Saint Acca the patron of Bede.[6] Tatberht and Acca commissioned Stephen of Ripon [7] to write a life of Wilfrid[8][9][10][1]


According to Hugh Candidus and Byrhtferth he is buried at Ripon,[11] along with Saints Wilfrid, ‘’’Albert’’’, Botwine and Sicgred and ‘’’Wildegel’’’, while there is evidence he was re-interred in Peterborough Abbey.[12] and he is commemorated on 5 June.


  1. 1 2 3 "Tatberht 2". Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England.
  2. Peter Darby, Bede and the End of Time (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012) page 89
  3. Tatberht biography.
  4. Oswald By Bernard J. Muir, Andrew J. Turner Wilfrid Eadmer of Canterbury: Lives and Miracles of Saints Oda, Dunstan, and (Oxford University Press, 2006) page 271.
  5. Bede, Eddius Stephanus and the ‘Life of Wilfrid’ English Historical Review (1983) XCVIII : pages 101-114.
  6. Bede,The Age of Bede (Penguin UK, 2004) page 178.
  7. William Trent Foley, Images of Sanctity in Eddius Stephanus' Life of Bishop Wilfrid (Edwin Mellen Press, 1992) page 7.
  8. Acca at Oxford DNBM
  9. between the joint patronage of Tatberht and Acca, their generation the best recorded in the Dark Ages (historiography)|Dark Ages]] before Alfred the Great.
  10. Antonia Gransden, Historical Writing in England: c. 500 to c. 1307 (Psychology Press, 1996) page 60.
  11. Nicholas Brooks, Catherine Cubitt (Continuum, 1996) page 254.
  12. Nicholas Brooks, Catherine Cubitt (Continuum, 1996) page 274.

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