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Bishop of Selsey
See Diocese of Selsey
Appointed before 1011
Term ended circa 1031
Predecessor Ordbriht
Successor Æthelric I
Other posts Abbot of Tavistock
Personal details
Died circa 1031
Denomination Catholic

Ælfmær (died circa 1031) was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Selsey.


Perhaps previously a monk at Glastonbury Abbey and then abbot of Tavistock Abbey,[1] Ælfmær was Bishop of Selsey by 1011, and was dead by 1032, when his successor witnessed a charter of King Cnut. [2][3]

It is curious, however, that Ælfmær supposedly attested a charter of Cnut dated 1033.[4] The probable explanation is that Ælfmær witnessed the conveyance itself, which took place in 1032, but the charter recording the transaction was not prepared until 1033.[5]

According to the Handbook of British Chronology, Ælfmær became bishop between 1007 and 1011, and died about 1031.[6]


  1. ^ Knowles, et al. Heads of Religious Houses p. 71
  2. ^ Anglo-Saxons.net Charters S964 accessed on 25 August 2007
  3. ^ Kelly Charters of Selsey p. xcii
  4. ^ Anglo-Saxons.net Charters S969 accessed on 25 August 2007
  5. ^ O'Donovan Charters of Sherborne pp. 72-73
  6. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 221


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  • Kelly, S. E. (1998). Charters of Selsey. Anglo-Saxon Charters VI. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-726175-2. 
  • Knowles, David; London, Vera C. M.; Brooke, Christopher (2001). The Heads of Religious Houses, England and Wales, 940-1216 (Second ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-80452-3. 
  • O'Donovan, M. A. (1988). Charters of Sherborne. Anglo-Saxon Charters III. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-726051-9. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Selsey
c.1009–c. 1031
Succeeded by
Æthelric I