Denewulf, Bishop of Winchester.
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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