Anselm of Canterbury

1033 - 1109

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Saint Anselm of Canterbury (; 1033/4–1109), also called Anselm of Aosta (Italian: Anselmo d'Aosta) after his birthplace and Anselm of Bec (French: Anselme du Bec) after his monastery, was an Italian Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and theologian of the Catholic Church, who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. After his death, he was canonized as a saint; his feast day is 21 April. As archbishop, he defended the Church's interests in England amid the Investiture Controversy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anselm of Canterbury has received more than 1,068,201 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Anselm of Canterbury is the 125th most popular religious figure (up from 142nd in 2019), the 153rd most popular biography from Italy (up from 162nd in 2019) and the 40th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Anselm of Canterbury is most famous for his ontological argument for the existence of God.

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Among religious figures, Anselm of Canterbury ranks 125 out of 2,272. Before him are Pope Pius VIII, Saint Christopher, Agatha of Sicily, Hassan-i Sabbah, Pope John XXII, and Pope Leo XII. After him are Pope Gregory IX, Pope Clement VIII, Pope Benedict XIV, Bridget of Sweden, Barnabas, and Pope Paul V.

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Among people born in 1033, Anselm of Canterbury ranks 1After him are Donald III of Scotland and Cheng Yi. Among people deceased in 1109, Anselm of Canterbury ranks 1After him are Alfonso VI of León and Castile, Eupraxia of Kiev, Hugh of Cluny, Fulk IV, Count of Anjou, Svatopluk, Duke of Bohemia, and Alberic of Cîteaux.

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Among people born in Italy, Anselm of Canterbury ranks 153 out of 4,088. Before him are Paolo Veronese (1528), Agatha of Sicily (235), Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736), Carlo Collodi (1826), Gaetano Donizetti (1797), and Pope Leo XII (1760). After him are Pope Gregory IX (1160), Pope Clement VIII (1536), Pope Benedict XIV (1675), Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), and Suetonius (70).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Anselm of Canterbury ranks 40Before him are Pope Sylvester I (300), Catherine of Siena (1347), Pope Pius VI (1717), Pope Pius VIII (1761), Agatha of Sicily (235), and Pope Leo XII (1760). After him are Pope Gregory IX (1160), Pope Clement VIII (1536), Pope Benedict XIV (1675), Pope Paul V (1552), Pope Leo I (390), and Pope Gregory XII (1335).