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Denewulf, Bishop of Winchester.

IX/X Centuries
A popular story asserts that Denewulf was originally a poor herdsman of Athelney. King Alfred, staying at his hut incognito, accidentally burned the family's oat-cakes and was rebuked by Denewulf's wife; her husband so impressed the King, however, that he arranged for the herdsman's education and eventual consecration as bishop of Winchester. Other versions, while agreeing that Denewulf was a poor herdsman of Somerset, differentiate him from the husband of the woman with the cakes. Whatever his origins, Bishop Denewulf of Winchester indeed existed and overlapped Alfred.

Norman Hugh Redington


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