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Ælfwold II (Bishop of Sherborne)
|Bishop of Sherborne|
|Feast day||25 March|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
|Shrines||Sherborne Abbey, Dorset (destroyed)|
Little is known of Ælfwold apart from the information given by William of Malmesbury. He was at first a monk of Winchester, then was consecrated Bishop of Sherborne in 1045, succeeding his own brother Brithwine. His frugality of life served as a powerful contrast to the contemporary custom of riotous banqueting after the example of the Danish monarchs.
Ælfwold showed great devotion to Saint Swithun, his old patron of Winchester, and also to Saint Cuthbert, to whose shrine at Durham he made a pilgrimage. He died while singing the antiphon of Saint Cuthbert. He was in a sense the last Bishop of Sherborne, as after his death the see of Sherborne was united to that of Ramsbury.
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