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It seems likely that the very first grammar school was established at Canterbury in 598, endowed - along with Augustine's church - by King Ethelbert, who was baptised in June 597: It may be safely asserted then, that in this year, 598, as an adjunct to Christ Church Cathedral, or rather as part of it, and under the tuition of himself and the clerks who came with him and whom Ethelbert endowed, Augustine established the Grammar School which still flourishes under the name of the King's School, not from its original founder, Ethelbert, but from its re-founder, Henry VIII (Leach 1915:3).

Schools were established in other parts of England during the seventh and eighth centuries.

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Bede suggests that another school was founded in East Anglia - probably at Dunwich - in 631 by Sigberct, who presided over the kingdom of the East English, and Bishop Felix, a Burgundian who had come to England and been consecrated by Archbishop Honorius, one of the last survivors of Augustine's original band of missionaries.

Bede also records that in 634 a song school was established at York, where James, the deacon, 'acted as master to many in church chanting after the Roman or Canterbury fashion' (quoted in Leach 1915:6).

However, it is very unlikely that such educational provision was enjoyed by more than a tiny minority of the people: Among the British population at large, knowledge of Latin would be confined to relatively small groups: tribal notables, officials, some craftsmen and traders in the towns, a few wealthy villa owners in the countryside, and, from the third century, the leaders of scattered, mainly urban, Christian communities.

Largely unaffected by Roman ways, the great majority of country dwellers remained Celtic and illiterate.

In his Ecclesiastical History, completed in 711, Bede writes that in 604 Augustine ordained two bishops - Mellitus at St Paul's in London and Justus at Rochester in Kent.

Leach argues that it is a 'perfectly fair inference' (Leach 1915:6) that associated schools were founded at the same time.

Christianity reached these shores during the Roman occupation and was officially tolerated from 313.

Orme says it is unlikely that Christians in Roman Britain organised their own system of education, preferring to follow the traditional practice of studying pagan Latin literature, 'using the knowledge it gave them to read the Bible and other religious works in Latin' (Orme 20).

The foundation of the monastic cathedral of Lindisfarne followed in 635.

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