St. Ceolwulf, King of Northumbria
King of Northumbria from 729-737, St. Ceolwulf was known for his learning
and piety, and during his reign, he fostered the growth of education and
of monasticism. Two years after his coronation, he was briefly deposed and
forcibly tonsured. After his release, he reigned for six years and
abdicated to become a monk at Lindisfarne, where he died c. 764. Bede
dedicated his Ecclesiastical History
to Ceolwulf, then king.
Ceolwulf was buried near Cuthbert, and in 830, the relics of both were
taken to Norham-on-Tweed. Ceolwulf's head was later translated to Durham.
Karen Rae Keck
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