Æthelgar (died 990) was Archbishop of Canterbury, and previously Bishop of Selsey.

Archbishop of Canterbury
Term ended13 February 990
Other post(s)Bishop of Selsey (980–988)
Consecration2 May 980
Personal details
Died13 February 990


Æthelgar was a monk at Glastonbury Abbey before he was the discipulus of Aethelwold the Bishop of Winchester.[1] He then continued as a monk at Abingdon Abbey, until 964 when he was appointed Abbot of the newly reformed monastery of New Minster, Winchester,[2][3] by Bishop Aethelwold.[1] He was consecrated Bishop of Selsey on 2 May 980.[3][4] He succeeded Dunstan as Archbishop of Canterbury, but "lived for a short time after that – no more than a year and three months".[5] He was transferred to Canterbury in 988.[4] He may have continued to hold his abbacy along with his bishopric and archbishopric until his death.[3] Æthelgar died on 13 February 990.[3][6]

While archbishop, Æthelgar received two letters from monasteries in Flanders, seeking support and prayers from Æthelgar. One was from the Falrad, the abbot of Saint Vaast Abbey, which requested that relations between the abbey and Canterbury remain good, as they had in Dunstan's time, and implies that Falrad had given verbal instructions to the messenger carrying the letter to seek further support on other issues. The second letter was from Odbert, the abbot of Saint Bertin Abbey, and congratulates Æthelgar on becoming archbishop and solicits financial aid for his monastery.[7]


  1. ^ a b Darlington "Ecclesiastical Reform" English Historical Review p. 389
  2. ^ Kelly Charters of Selsey p. xcii
  3. ^ a b c d Knowles, et al. Heads of Religious Houses pp. 80–81, 258
  4. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 221
  5. ^ Swanton (trans.) Anglo-Saxon Chronicle p. 125
  6. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 214
  7. ^ Vanderputten "Canterbury and Flanders" Anglo-Saxon England 35 pp. 225–235


  • Darlington, R. R. (July 1936). "Ecclesiastical Reform in the Late Old English Period". The English Historical Review. 51 (203): 385–428. doi:10.1093/ehr/LI.CCIII.385. JSTOR 553127.
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  • Kelly, S. E. (1998). Charters of Selsey. Anglo-Saxon Charters VI. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-726175-2.
  • Knowles, David; London, Vera C. M.; Brooke, Christopher (2001). The Heads of Religious Houses, England and Wales, 940–1216 (Second ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-80452-3.
  • The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Translated by Swanton, Michael James. New York: Routledge. 1998. ISBN 0-415-92129-5.
  • Vanderputten, Steven (2006). "Canterbury and Flanders in the Late Tenth Century". Anglo-Saxon England. Vol. 35. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 219–244. doi:10.1017/S026367510600010X. ISSN 0263-6751. S2CID 162648104.

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Preceded by Bishop of Selsey
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Canterbury
c. 988–990
Succeeded by