Source: CharterS1251a

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Aldhelm, bishop (of Sherborne), declares that he has agreed to remain abbot of his monasteries at Malmesbury, Frome and Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, but confirms that the communities are to be free to elect their own abbots after his death.

Charter information
Sawyer 1251a
Birch 114
Kemble 54
British Academy ---
Source Used Birch
Archive(s) Malmesbury
Source Information
Language Latin
Date from Source 705
Scholarly Source Dating 705


*PN Wilts., p. 9; Watkin 1956, p. 212 and n. 42, citing Ehwald, probably genuine; Stenton 1971, p. 160, cited; Edwards 1988, pp. 115-16, fabricated, no indication of genuine basis; Abrams 1991, p. 118; Cubitt 1995, p. 260.

Note. The statement is drawn up in charter-form, with proem, sanction, dating-clause and witness-list. It mentions a meeting at Wimborne minster and a later synod on the river Noddr (? Nidd).

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