Alfwold

Alfwold

Infobox Saint
name=Saint Alfwold
birth_date=unknown
death_date=death date|1058|3|25|df=y
feast_day=25 March
venerated_in=Roman Catholic Church; Anglican Communion


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major_shrine=Sherborne Abbey, Dorset (destroyed)
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Infobox bishopbiog
name =Alfwold


religion =Catholic
See =Diocese of Sherborne
Title = Bishop of Sherborne
Period = 1045–1058
Predecessor = Ælfmaer
Successor =Herman
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Alfwold (or Ælfwold) (d 1058) was a saint and Bishop of Sherborne in Dorset.

Life

Little is known of him apart from the information given by William of Malmesbury. He was at first a monk of Winchester, then was consecrated Bishop of Sherborne in 1045,Powicke "Handbook of British Chronology" p. 254] succeeding his own brother Brithwyn (or Brihtwine). His frugality of life served as a powerful contrast to the contemporary custom of riotous banqueting after the example of the Danish monarchs.

He showed great devotion to Saint Swithun, his old patron of Winchester, and also to Saint Cuthbert, to whose shrine at Durham he made a pilgrimage. He died while singing the antiphon of Saint Cuthbert. He was in a sense the last Bishop of Sherborne, as after his death the see of Sherborne was united to that of Ramsbury.

He died in 1058.

ee also

* List of bishops of Salisbury

Notes

References

* "Acta Sanctorum", 25 March, III
* Powicke, F. Maurice and E. B. Fryde "Handbook of British Chronology" 2nd. ed. London:Royal Historical Society 1961
* Richard Stanton, "English Menology" (London, 1892), 134
* (1) William of Malmesbury ("Gesta Pontificum", Bk. II, § 83)

External links

* [http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1264 Catholic Online Saints and Angels: St Alfworld]

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