Wilfrid II

(d. 744)

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(d. 744),

bishop of York. One of the five future bishops who was educated at Whitby under Hilda, Wilfrid became the disciple of John of Beverley, who on his retirement consecrated him as his successor. Little is known of his episcopate except his zeal for education. Like his predecessor he retired early, said Alcuin, in order to be free to serve God with his whole soul. Twelve years later he died at Ripon. From there in the 10th century two rival parties from Worcester and Canterbury both claimed to have taken the relics of the great St Wilfrid. It seems likely that one or other of them may have taken the relics of Wilfrid II instead. His feast, on 29 April, is testified only by one calendar of Winchcombe (Glos.) and by some late martyrologies. There seems never to have been a widespread cult or popular interest in this saint.

Bede, H. E., iv. 23; v. 6; Alcuin, Carmen, 1215–40; Stanton, pp. 185–6.

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