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the church of Wells, Eadulf to the church of Crediton, Bernethun to the South Saxons, and Coenulf, bishop of the city called Dorchester, for the South Mercians.

The names of the Bishops of the Church of Sunning. 1. Aethelstan.

He united the bishopric of 2. Odo.

Sherborne, which he had reThis holy man

succeeded ceived from king Eadward, to Wulfhelm in the archbishopric his own bishopric, and fixed his of Canterbury.

pontifical throne for both bishop3. Osulf.

rics at Sherborne. But in the 4. Alfstan.

reign of king William the elder 5. Alfgar.

he transferred his see thence to 6. Sigeric.

Old, Sarum by synodal autho7. Alfric.

rity and that king's royal muni. These two were archbishops ficence. of Canterbury.

10. Osmund. 8. Brightwold.

11. Roger. 9. Heremann.

The names of the Bishops of the Church of Sherborne. 1. Aldelm.

2. Forther. Saint Aldelm, a kinsman of 3. Herewald. Ina, the most beloved king of 4. Aethelmod, the West Saxons, was a most

5. Denefrith. excellent harp-player, a most 6. Wigberht. eloquent Saxon and Latin poet, 7. Alhstan. a most skilful singer, a famous 8. Heahmund, teacher of elegant diction, and a 9. Aethelheag. marvel of erudition as well in 10. Alfsi. the liberal sciences as in eccle- 11. Asser. siastical literature. He was first 12. Aethelward, a pupil of the learned Maidulf, 13. Werstan. and afterwards of archbishop 14. Aethelbald, Theodore and Adrian his assist- 15. Sighelm. ant abbot. While yet abbot of 16. Alfred. Malmesbury, he wrote a famous 17. Alfsi. book against the heresy of the 18. Alfwold. Britons, the perusal whereof 19. Aethelric. brought many of them over to 20. Aethelsi. the catholic celebration of Easter 21. Brihtwin. Sunday. He wrote also other 22. Aelmar. treatises, for he was a man of 23. Byrhtwin. universal learning.

24. Aelfwold,

The names of the Bishops of the Church of Wells, 1. Aethelm.

4. Wulfhelm. 2. Wulfhelm.

5. Brihthelm. Both of these were archbishops 6. Kyneward. of Canterbury

7. Sigar. 3. Alpheag.

8. Alfwin.


9. Living

.12. Bodeca, a Saxon. 10. Aethelwin.

13. Gisa. He was previously abbot of 14. John. Evesham.

15. Godefrid. 11. Byrhtwin.

16. Robert.

The names of the Bishops of the Church of Crediton. 1. Eadulf.

9. Living. 2. Aethelgar.

On the death of his uncle He succeeded St. Dunstan in Brihtwald he united (by king the archbishopric.

Edward's permission) the bi3. Alfwold.

shopric of Cornwall to the bi4. Sidemann.

shopric of Devonshire. 5. Alfric.

10. Leofric. 6. Alfwold.

11. Osbearn. 7. Alfwold.

12. William. 8. Eadnoth.


The names of the Bishops of the Magesetas, or people of Herefordshire. 1. Putta.

18. Deorlaf. 2. Tyrhtel.

19. Cynemund. 3. Torhtheras.

20. Eadgar. 4. Walhstod.

21. Tidhelm. 5. Cuthberht.

22. Wulfhelm. 6. Podda.

23. Alfric. 7. Ecca.

24. Athulf. 8. Ceadda.

25. Aethelstan. 9. Aldberht.

26. Leovegar. 10. Esna.

27. Walter. 11. Ceolmund.

28. Rotberht. 12. Utel.

29. Gerard. 13. Wulfhard.

'30. Reignelm. 14. Beonna.

31. Gosfrid. 15. Eadulf.

32. Richard. 16. Cuthwulf.

33. Robert. 17. Mucel.


How the Episcopal See came to be placed at Worcester. The glorious and holy king Aethelred succeeded to the kingdom of his brother Wlfar, the renowned king of the Mercians, who was the first of the Mercian kings to embrace the faith of Christ. Osher, subregulus of the Hwiccas, a most praiseworthy man, being desirous that Hwiccia, over which he presided with regal authority, should be dignified and ennobled by the possession of a bishop of its own, counselled and earnestly entreated him (Aethelred] that he


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would beautify and exalt his [kingdom of Hwiccia), which was the chief of the kingdoms of England, with more bishops than one, a thing that he knew some kings of England had formerly done. The king having been previously exceedingly anxious to do this very same thing, fell in with his requests and wholesome advice, and having commanded the attendance of Theodore, archbishop of Canterbury, and requested him to divide the kingdom into a greater number of dioceses, and appoint bishops thereto in convenient places, the archbishop applauded the king's praiseworthy design, and hastened to give effect to it. So, in the year 701 from the incarnation of our Lord, according to the Gospel, but in the year 679, according to Dionysius (whose mistake is yet followed by the holy church),—he, with the consent of the said king and his nobles, divided the (single) diocese of which Saxulf was then the bishop, into five dioceses. And inasmuch as the city of Worcester was, as well when the Britons and Romans were dominant in Britain as now, the renowned metropolis of all Hwicca or Magesitania, he very properly placed the seat of the bishopric there, and made it the chief of the divided Hwiccian dioceses. Tatfrith, a most energetic and learned man, from the monastery of the abbess Hild, was chosen bishop thereof; but before he could be ordained he was snatched off by an untimely death.

II. The second [of the five dioceses) was that belonging to the bishopric of Lichfield; and he appointed thereto Cuthwin, a religious and modest man.

III. The third was the Mid-Anglian; the aforesaid bishop Saxulf made choice of this for himself, and fixed the episcopal see in the city of Leicester.

IV. The fourth was for the province of Lindsey, over which he placed the holy Aethelwin, a brother of the holy Aldwin, who was abbot of the monastery called Partaneum, and directed that the episcopal see should be in the city called Siddena.

V. The fifth was the South-Anglian : to this he appointed as bishop Aetla, a man of singular worth and sanctity, from the aforesaid monastery of abbess Hild, and fixed the see of his bishopric in the city called Dorchester. Afterwards, the venerable Bosel was elected to supply the place of Tatfrith, and was, like the rest, ordained by archbishop Theodore, and had his episcopal see in the said city of Worcester, which was at that period adorned with high walls and fortifications, and excelled most cities in renown and magnificence.

The names of the Bishops of the Hwiccas. 1. Bosel.

9. Deneberht. 2. Oftfor.

10. Heaberht. 3. Ecgwin.

11. Alhwin. 4. Wilfrid.

12. Wereferth. 5. Milred.

13. Wilferth. 6. Weremund.

14. Aethelhun. 7. Tilher.

15. Kinewold. 8. Heathored.

16. Dunstan.


17. Oswald. 18. Aldulf. 19. Wulstan. 20. Leofsi. 21. Brihteag. 22. Living

23. Aldred.
24. Wulstan.
25. Samson.
26. Teoulf.
27. Simon.
28. John.



The names of the Bishops of Lichfield. When Penda, the pagan king of the Mercians, was slain, and the christian king Oswiu took possession of his kingdom and converted the Mercians and people of the neighbouring provinces to the faith of Christ, in the year of our Lord's incarnation 656, Diuma was made first bishop of the Mercians, Mid-Anglians, Lindisfari, and of the adjacent provinces ; the second was Ceollach, both of these were Scots; Trumher was the third, being the first bishop under king Wulfer; Jarumann was the fourth : the fifth was Ceadda, whose episcopal see was at a place called Licetfeld [Lichfield], where all subsequent bishops of that province fixed their see; the sixth was Winfrid, and the seventh was Saxulf. These five last were Englishmen. 1. Diuma.

3. Trumher. 2. Ceollach.

4. Jarumann. The names of the Bishops of Lichfield. 5. Ceadda.

He was bishop in the time of 6. Winfrid.

Burhred, king of the Mercians, 7. Saxulf.

and Alfred king of the West After Saxulf the Mercian pro- Saxons. vince had two bishops, namely, 21. Aelle, also called Aelfwin. Headda and Wilfrid.

He was bishop in the time of 8. Headda.

Aethelstan, king of all England 9. Aldwin, also called Wor. 22. Alfgar.

It was again divided into two 23. Cinsi. dioceses.

24. Wynsi. 10. Huita.

25. Aelfeg. 11. Hemele.

26. Godwin. 12. Cuthfrid.

27. Leovegar. 13. Berthun.

28. Brihtmar. 14. Higbert.

29. Wulsi. 15. Aldulf.

30. Leofwin. 16. Herewin.

31. Peter. 17. Aethelwald.

32. Rotbert of Limesia. 18. Hunberht.

33. Rotbert Peche. 19. Cineferth.

34. Roger de Clinton. 20. Tunbriht.

35. Walter.



The names of the Bishops of Leicester. 1. Cuthwin.

He presided over the two dio2. Wilfrid.

ceses of Leicester and the Lin, After Saxulf, the province of disfari, then united, in the time

, the Mercians had two bishops, of Eadgar, king of the English. namely, Headda and Wilfrid. 12. Aelnoth. Wilfrid, bishop of Hexham, 13. Aescwi. being driven from his bishopric, By his assistance and coreceived from king Aethelred operation St. Oswald consecrated the bishopric of Leicester ; but the monastery of Ramsey, which after a few years he was ejected, had been entirely built by him and Headda presided over both and Aethelwin, ealdorman of dioceses. Aldwin afterwards did the East Angles. the same.

14. Alfhelm. 3. Aldwin.

15. Eadnoth. 4. Totta.

16. Aetheric. 5. Eadberht.

17. Eadnoth. 6. Unwona.

18. Ulf. 7. Werenberht.

But he was in a short time 8. Rethun.

ejected. 9. Aldred.

19. Wulfwi. 10. Ceolred.

20. Remigius. He was bishop in the time of He transferred the see to Burhed, king of the Mercians, Lincoln. and of Alfred king of the West 21. Rotbert. Saxons.

22. Alexander. 11. Leofwin.

23. Rotbert.

LINDSEY. Ecgfrid, king of the Northumbrians, having routed in battle Wulfer, king of the Mercians, obtained possession of the province of Lindsey, and expelled bishop Saxulf therefrom. In his place, in the year of our Lord's incarnation 678, Ealhed, king Ecgfrid's chaplain, was ordained by archbishop Theodore as the first special bishop thereof; but, inasmuch as Aethelred, king of the Mercians, recovered that province by force of arms in the fol. lowing year, he laid down his bishopric and returned to Northumbria; and archbishop Theodore afterwards made him bishop of Ripon. After his departure, king Aethelred, at the suggestion of Osher, king of the Hwiccas, requested archbishop Theodore to divide his kingdom into a greater number of dioceses, and appoint bishops thereto in convenient places. He was delighted at the request, and divided Saxulf's bishopric into five dioceses, and afterwards added a sixth.

The names of the Bishops of the Lindisfari. 1. Ealhed.

3. Eadgar. 2. Aethelwin.

4. Kinebirht.


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