Ivo of Ramsey

Ivo is the name of a saint, whose remains were discovered in 1001 at Slepe on the land of the Benedictine Abbey of Ramsey and which were regarded as relics of a Persian bishop, who has come as a hermit to England. Its historicity is not occupied. The saint is also known under the names Ive, Ives, Yves and Yvo. His feast day is April 24.


The discovery of the remains of Bishop Ivo in 1001 was first briefly mentioned in the chronicle Chronicon ex chronicis of John of Worcester. A detailed description can be found, which was written by Goscelin ( † around 1107 ) during his time in Ramsey before moving to St Augustine's Abbey of hagiography. Goscelins portrayal According discovered a plowman in the service of Ramsey Abbey on a field near Slepe the remains of four people, one of which was equipped with the insignia of a bishop. St. Ivo appeared the tiller in several visions that compelled him to report the discovery to the bailiff of the abbot. He took this at the beginning not serious, what appeared to him as the Holy One of visions. When the monastic community learned of this, she was very excited about the discovery and transferred the bones solemnly in the abbey.


First, Ivo was named in honor of the discovery site near a church by Eadnoth, the then abbot Ramsey built. Thanks to a donation by Earl Adelmo, the Church in 1017 had converted to a dependent of Ramsey Benedictine priory. The neighboring village with market law was renamed the occasion of the Funds of Slepe in St Ives. The cult of Ivo also won national significance. So the commission of his Remembrance at the Cathedral in Exeter in the 12th century is demonstrated. Located in Cornwall and belonging to St Ive Trebeigh community and their church are also associated with Ivo. In the 14th century an abridged version of his hagiography appeared in the Nova Legenda Anglie started by John of Tynemouth.

In the coming of the 15th century text The Vision of William of Stranton in the version of the manuscript Royal 17 B xliii the protagonist is accompanied on its journey through the purgatory of two saints, including Seint Ive my suster, That woned in Quitike. This is seen by several researchers as a reference to the neighboring village of St Ive Quethiock and thus also to Ivo.