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Wulfhelmlocked

(d. 941)
  • Henrietta Leyser

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Wulfhelm (d. 941), archbishop of Canterbury, succeeded Athelm as bishop of Wells when Athelm was promoted to Canterbury in 923; and on the death of Athelm in 926, he succeeded him in the primacy. The following year Wulfhelm went to Rome to receive his pallium from the pope, thereby setting a precedent which all future archbishops of the middle ages were expected to follow. Any such previous journey had been undertaken by archbishops not as a matter of course but only in response to pressing circumstances, as was the case, for example, with ...

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