Milred

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Milred
Bishop of Worcester
Church Catholic
See Diocese of Worcester
In office c. 744 – 774
Predecessor Wilfrith I
Successor Waermund
Personal details
Died 774

Milred (died about 775) (also recorded as Mildred and Hildred) was an Anglo-Saxon prelate who served as Bishop of Worcester from circa 744 until his death in 774.

Life[edit]

Milred was consecrated between 743 and 745.[1] He attended the major council of Clofesho in 747, and is found as a regular witness to charters of the Mercian kings Æthelbald and Offa. Milred is known to have travelled to Germany, where he met Boniface and Lull, in the early 750s. A letter from Milred to Lull written soon after his return, on the subject of Boniface's martyrdom shows that the writer was familiar with the works of Virgil and Horace.

A work by Milred, a compilation of epigrams and epigraphs on Anglo-Saxon churchmen, some of whom are known only from this work, is now lost apart from a single 10th century copy of one page, held by the library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Antiquarian John Leland recorded some other parts of this work, which now survive only in his 16th century copies.

Milred died in 774,[1] and the event is recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 223

References[edit]

  • 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. 
  • Lapidge, M., "Milred", in Michael Lapidge et al., The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England. Blackwell, 1999. ISBN 0-631-22492-0

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Wilfrith I
Bishop of Winchester
c. 744 – 774
Succeeded by
Waermund