Felix, who originated from the Frankish kingdom of Burgundy, traveled from his homeland to Canterbury before being sent by Honorius to Sigebert of East Anglia's kingdom in about 630, (by sea to Babingley in Norfolk, according to local legend). On arrival in East Anglia, Sigebert gave him a see at Dommoc (possibly Walton, Suffolk or Dunwich in Suffolk). According to Bede, Felix helped Sigebert to establish a school. He died on 8 March 647 or 648, having been bishop for seventeen years. His relics were translated from Dommoc to Soham Abbey and then to the abbey at Ramsey.
After his death, Felix was venerated as a saint: several English churches are dedicated to him. Felix's feast date is 8 March.
Felix in "Nine Drowned Churches"Edit
Through his research into Dunwich, England, musician Alistair learned that St. Felix of Burgundy had restored Christianity in Dunwich in the seventh century, even crowning Sigebert as king of East Anglia. He also learned of the legend that three holy crowns were buried along the coast to ward off invasion, and that one of these crowns is supposed to be Sigebert's. While visiting a museum in Dunwich, Alistair noticed a small crucifix allegedly from the time of St. Felix with strange markings. When he inquired about the markings, the museum's owner, Silas Bishop suggested that they might be octopus tentacles to reference the fact that St. Felix came from the sea. The owner pointed out other exhibits had the tentacle motif.
Later, while viewing the remains of the nine drowned churches in the North Sea, Alistair saw the largest octopus he had ever seen or imagined. Alistair thought he saw a crown atop the octopus's head before it retreated back out of sight.
The tentacle motif associated with St. Felix and the fact that St. Felix "came from the sea" seem to suggest that St. Felix was related to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu or some similar creature. The crown atop the octopus's head, which is implicitly Sigebert's, seems to bolster this inference.
|Bishop of the East Angles|
c. 630-c. 647 or 648
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