Wine (bishop)

Wine[a] (died before 672) was a medieval Bishop of London, having earlier been consecrated the first Bishop of Winchester.

Bishop of London
Term endedbefore 672
Other postsBishop of Winchester
Personal details
Diedbefore 672

Wine was consecrated the first bishop of Winchester in 660 and possibly translated to Dorchester around 663.[1] In 666, he was translated from Dorchester to London.[2]

Bede tells us that Wine was ordained bishop in the Frankish kingdom[3] and that King Cenwalh of Wessex installed him after disagreements with the previous Frankish bishop, Agilbert.[3] Wine too was forced to leave after a few years and took refuge with Wulfhere, king of Mercia, who installed him in London,[4] after a payment to Wulfhere.[5]

In 665, while in Wessex, Wine took part with two Welsh or British bishops in the ordination of Chad as bishop of the Northumbrians,[6] an act that was uncanonical because the other two bishops' ordination was not recognised by Rome. This would have resulted in his being disciplined, along with Chad, by Theodore of Tarsus, the new archbishop of Canterbury, who arrived in 669.[7] Since Bede does not list him among the miscreants at this point, it is possible he had died by this date.

Wine died sometime before 672.[2]


  1. ^ Or Wini; Latin: Vini, Vineus, Vinius, Wini


  1. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 223
  2. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 239
  3. ^ a b Bede Ecclesiastical History of the English people Book 3, Chapter 7
  4. ^ Kirby Earliest English Kings p. 49
  5. ^ Kirby Earliest English Kings p. 95
  6. ^ Kirby Earliest English Kings p. 88
  7. ^ Bede Ecclesiastical History of the English people Book 4, Chapter 2


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  • Kirby, D. P. (2000). The Earliest English Kings. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-24211-8.

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Christian titles
New creation Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bishop of London
666–c. 670
Succeeded by