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Wulfred, Archbishop of Canterbury
(Died AD 832)

Wulfred was appointed to be the first Archdeacon of Canterbury by Archbishop Aethelheard, whom he succeeded in AD 805. Cenwulf, King of Mercia, availed himself of the weak condition of the Kentish Kingdom to seize some of Wulfred's estates. The hostility between the King and the Archbishop was brought to the notice of the Pope and Wulfred visited Rome once or twice, but no permanent reconciliation seems to have been effected.

Wulfred's coins are stamped with his own name and effigy and do not, like the coins of Aethelheard, bear the name of the King of Mercia.

In AD 816, during his archiepiscopacy, the Council of Chelsea enacted eleven canons o regulate the services and the government of the Church. Wulfred died on 24th March AD 832.

Edited from G.M. Bevan's "Portraits of the Archbishops of Canterbury" (1908).

 

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