Tota (bishop)

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Bishop of Selsey
Appointedbetween 781 and 786
Term endedbetween 786 and 789
Predecessor Gislhere
Successor Wihthun
Consecrationbetween 781 and 786
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Diedbetween 786 and 789

Tota [lower-alpha 1] was a Bishop of Selsey when Sussex was being ruled by Offa of Mercia.


Not very much is known of Tota but he is recorded as present at a church council (Synod of Calcuthiens) attended by papal legates in 786. [lower-alpha 2] [3] [4] He was consecrated between 781 and 786. [5]

Tota died between 786 and 789. [5]


  1. Also Thoha, Totta, or Toha [1]
  2. In 786, Pope Hadrian sent his legates George, bishop of Ostia, and Theophylact, bishop of Todi, to England, to investigate the state of the English church and root out any heresy that might be found there. A report of the legates survives. It includes Tota's name, in the subscription list. [2]


  1. Heron-Allen Selsey Bill p. 113
  2. Whitelock. EHD 191
  3. Heron-Allen Selsey Bill p. 120
  4. Kelly Charters of Selsey p. lxxxix
  5. 1 2 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 221

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