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Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 675-693 A.D. Earconwald—21st Bishop of London; Former Abbot of Chertsey Abbey, a Benedictine Abbey in Surrey; Buried in Old St. Paul’s, London

January 675-693 A.D. Earconwald—21st Bishop of London;  Former Abbot of Chertsey Abbey, a Benedictine Abbey in Surrey; Buried in Old St. Paul’s, London



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Chertsey Breviary - St. Erkenwald.jpg
Erkenwald teaching monks in a historiated initial from the Chertsey Breviary (c.1300)
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circa 675
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Feast day
13 May
24 April
30 April
14 November in England
bishop in a small chariot, which he used for travelling his diocese; with Saint Ethelburga of Barking
against gout


Erkenwald (also Ercenwald, Earconwald, Erkenwald, Eorcenwald orErconwald; died 693) was Bishop of London in the Anglo-Saxon Christian church between 675 and 693.


Erkenwald was born at Lindsey,[1] and was supposedly of royal ancestry.[2]Erkenwald gave up his share of family money[citation needed] to help establish two Benedictine abbeys, Chertsey Abbey in Surrey[3] in 661 for men, and Barking Abbey for women.[1][4] His sister, Æthelburg, was Abbess of Barking,[1][5] while he served as Abbot of Chertsey.[6]

In 675, Erkenwald became the Bishop of London, after Wine.[7] He was the choice of Archbishop Theodore of Canterbury.[6] While bishop, he contributed to King Ine of Wessex's law code, and is mentioned specifically in the code as a contributor.[8] He is also reputed to have converted Sebba, King of the East Saxons to Christianity in 677.[citation needed] Current historical scholarship credits Erkenwald with a large role in the evolution of Anglo-Saxon charters, and it is possible that he drafted the charter of Caedwalla to Farnham.[5] King Ine of Wessex named Erkenwald as an advisor on his laws.[9]

Erkenwald died in 693[7] and his remains were buried at Old St Paul's Cathedral. His grave was a popular place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, and was destroyed together with a number of other tombs in the cathedral during the Reformation.[10][page needed]

Erkenwald's feast day is 30 April, with translations being celebrated on 1 February and 13 May.[2]

See also


1.     ^ Jump up to:a b c Walsh A New Dictionary of Saints p. 182

2.     ^ Jump up to:a b Farmer Oxford Dictionary of Saints p. 175

3.     Jump up^ Kirby Earliest English Kings p. 83

4.     Jump up^ Yorke "Adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon Royal Courts" Cross Goes North pp. 250–251

5.     ^ Jump up to:a b Kirby Earliest English Kings p. 102

6.     ^ Jump up to:a b Kirby Earliest English Kings pp. 95–96

7.     ^ Jump up to:a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 219

8.     Jump up^ Yorke Conversion of Britain p. 235

9.     Jump up^ Kirby Earliest English Kings p. 103

10.  Jump up^ Thornbury, Walter Old and New London: Volume 1, 1878.


  • Farmer, David Hugh (2004). Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Fifth ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-860949-0.
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  • Kirby, D. P. (2000). The Earliest English Kings. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-24211-8.
  • Walsh, Michael J. (2007). A New Dictionary of Saints: East and West. London: Burns & Oats. ISBN 0-86012-438-X.
  • Yorke, Barbara (2003). Martin Carver, ed. "The Adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon Royal Courts to Christianity". The Cross Goes North: Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe AD 300–1300. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press. pp. 244–257. ISBN 1-84383-125-2.
  • Yorke, Barbara (2006). The Conversion of Britain: Religion, Politics and Society in Britain c. 600–800. London: Pearson/Longman.ISBN 0-582-77292-3.

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