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[[Image:Aidan_Statue.jpg|left|thumb|250px|Statue of St. Aidan erected in his honor on [[Lindisfarne]]]]
An inspired missionary, St. Aidan would walk from one village to another, politely conversing with the people he saw, slowly interesting them in Christianity. According
the legend, the king gave Aidan a horse so that he wouldn't have to walk, but Aidan gave the horse to a beggar. By patiently talking to the people on their own level, Aidan and his monks slowly restored Christianity to the Northumbrian communities. Aidan also took in twelve English boys to train at the monastery, to ensure that the area's future religious leadership would be English.
In 651 a pagan army attacked Bamburgh and attempted to set its walls ablaze. According to legend, Aidan prayed for the city, after which the winds turned and blew the smoke and fire toward the enemy, repulsing them.
*[http://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/general/aidan.htm Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne]
*[http://www.britannia.com/bios/saints/aidan.html Britannia biography of Saint Aidan]