In 669 St Chad, who we have already met previously as abbot in Lastingham, North Yorkshire, was appointed bishop to the Mercians after the king there, Wulfhere, requested one. He chose Lichfield to be the centre of his mission. A monastery was built here also and Chad impressed all by his humility and apostolic nature before dying of the plague in 672. He was buried here, along with his brother Cedd and Bede tells us miracles were attributed to his shrine. The illuminated gospels named after him, also known as The Lichfield Gospels can be found in the cathedral library. To learn more about Chad, read here. To learn more about the cathedral, read here.