|Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Diocese||Diocese of Canterbury|
|See||Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Appointed||circa (c.) 926|
|Reign ended||12 February 941|
|Other posts||Bishop of Wells|
|Died||12 February 941|
Wulfhelm was elected and consecrated Bishop of Wells between 923 and September 925. Wulfhelm was translated from the Bishopric of Wells to be Archbishop of Canterbury in about 926. While he was archbishop, he was a frequent attendee of the royal court, and King Athelstan of England says in his law code that Wulfhelm was consulted on the drafting of the laws.
Wulfhelm also went to Rome to receive his pallium in person from Pope John X. Why he chose to go to Rome in person for his pallium rather than having it sent to him like most of his predecessors is unknown. One suggestion has been that because he had been translated from another see, Wulfhelm felt the need to have papal approval of his translation made explicit. Given the low status of the papacy at the time,[Notes 1] it is unlikely that the impetus for the change in tradition came from the pope.
Wulfhelm died while archbishop on 12 February 941. During his time as archbishop, he received as gifts two gospels that are still extant, as Wulfhelm gave them to Christ Church. He may also have given land to the church, although the record is a bit unclear as to exactly what was given.
- Some polemical tracts refer to the papacy at this time as the pornocracy.
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 222
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 214
- Leyser "Wulfhelm (d. 941)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Brooks Early History of the Church of Canterbury pp. 216–222
- Brooks, Nicholas (1984). The Early History of the Church of Canterbury: Christ Church from 597 to 1066. London: Leicester University Press. ISBN 0-7185-0041-5.
- 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.
- Leyser, Henrietta (2004). "Wulfhelm (d. 941)" ((subscription or UK public library membership required)). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/30092. Retrieved 7 November 2007.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Wells
c. 923–c. 926
|Archbishop of Canterbury