Tuesday, 15 December 2015

15th December - Offa of Essex

Offa was King of Essex until 709, when he abdicated to take up life in a monastery in Rome. He was the son of Sigeheard of Essex, and, according to some sources, St. Osyth.

Bede described Offa as "a youth of most lovely age and beauty, and most earnestly desired by all his nation to be their king. He, with like devotion, quit his wife, lands, kindred and country, for Christ and for the Gospel, that he might receive an hundredfold in this life, and in the world to Come life everlasting.”