Wulfhere of York

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Archbishop of York
Copper styca of Wulfhere (YORYM 2001 3283) obverse.jpg
Copper styca of Wulfhere
Term ended892 or 900
Predecessor Wigmund
Successor Æthelbald
Personal details
Died892 or 900

Wulfhere (died c.900) was Archbishop of York between 854 and 900.



Wulfhere was consecrated in 854. [1]

In 866 the viking Great Heathen Army attacked and captured York, and the following year the "Danes" (as the English called vikings in general at the time) defeated an attempt to recapture the city, by Anglo-Saxon forces, the following year. Wulfhere made peace with the invaders and stayed in York. [2]

When, in 872, Northumbrians rebelled against the Danes and their collaborators, and Wulfhere fled York. [3] Eventually he found refuge with King Burgred of Mercia. [4] [5]

Wulfhere was recalled in 873, and continued in York until his death in 892 or 900. [1] After his death, the seat remained vacant for eight years. [6]


Like previous archbishops of York, Wulfhere issued styca coins; Wulfred was his moneyer. [7]


  1. 1 2 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 224
  2. Abels Alfred the Great pp. 116–117
  3. Abels Alfred the Great p. 142
  4. Stenton Anglo Saxon England p. 251
  5. Abels Alfred the Great p. 120
  6. Brooke "York Minster" Churches and Churchmen p. 37
  7. Pirie, Elizabeth J. E. (Elizabeth Jean Elphinstone), 1932-2005. (1996). Coins of the Kingdom of Northumbria c.700-867 in the Yorkshire collections : the Yorkshire Museum, York, the University of Leeds, the City Museum, Leeds. Llanfyllin, Powys: Galata. ISBN   0-9516671-4-9. OCLC   38338882.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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