The Prayer Book of Aelfwine of Hyde
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A few decades before the Norman conquest of England in 1066, a Benedictine monk at Hyde Abbey named Aelfwine assembled a small prayer book from the prayer tradition of early Saxon Christianity. That monk, who later became Abbot of Hyde, passed to his heavenly reward but fifteen years before the influx of Norman culture from France would reshape the prayer and liturgical tradition of English Christianity. The prayers which are preserved in his book witness to the zeal and vigor of early English Christianity, with a poetry that stirs the soul, over ten centuries since first they were prayed.