Ælfwold II

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For the king of Northumbria, see Ælfwald II of Northumbria.
Ælfwold II
Bishop of Crediton
Church Catholic
Elected between 986 and 987
Term ended between 1011 and 1015
Predecessor Ælfric
Successor Aelfwold III
Personal details
Died between 1011 and 1015

Ælfwold (or Ælfweald or Aelfwold) was a medieval Bishop of Crediton.


Ælfwold was a Benedictine monk at Glastonbury Abbey[1] before he was elected to Crediton between 986 and 987. He died between sometime before a time frame between 1011 and 1015.[2]


Ælfwold's will is still extant, and the hand drawing up the will matches the hand that drew up a charter of 997 from King Æthelred II to Ælfwold.[3]

In his will, Ælfwold freed all the slaves that had worked on his estates, suggesting the existence of slavery in Anglo-Saxon England, was tempered by the need to free such slaves on death.[4]


  1. ^ Knowles Monastic Order p. 65 footnote 65
  2. ^ Frye Handbook of British Chronology p. 215
  3. ^ Chaplais "Royal Anglo-Saxon 'Chancery'" Studies in Medieval History p. 45
  4. ^ Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger: The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium, Chptr 2 February, Little, Brown, 2000 ISBN 0-316-51157-9


  • Chaplais, Pierre (1985). Mayr-Harting, Henry and R. I. Moore, ed. The Royal Anglo-Saxon 'Chancery' of the Tenth Century Revisited. Studies in Medieval History Presented to R. H. C. Davis. London: Hambledon Press. pp. 41–51. ISBN 0-907628-68-0. 
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  • Knowles, David (1976). The Monastic Order in England: A History of its Development from the Times of St. Dunstan to the Fourth Lateran Council, 940-1216 (Second Edition, reprint ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-05479-6. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Crediton
c. 987–c. 1011
Succeeded by
Aelfwold III