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Bishop of Selsey
Appointed c. 789
Term ended between 805 and 811
Predecessor Tota
Successor Æthelwulf
Personal details
Died between 805 and 811
Denomination Christian

Wihthun[a] (died circa 808) was an early medieval Bishop of Selsey.


Wihthun seems to have been appointed bishop in 789, as he appears last among the bishops in the witness list of a charter issued by Osfrith, King of Mercia, to Wærmund, Bishop of Rochester in that year.

Wihthun's last datable subscriptions are to two charters of 805: a grant by Cuthred, King of Kent, to Archbishop Wulfred,[1] and a grant by Coenwulf, King of Mercia, and Cuthred, King of Kent, to a priest called Wulfhard.[2] He also witnessed a grant from between 805 and 807 by Cuthred, King of Kent, to Æthelnoth, praefectus.[1]

Wihthun died sometime after 805 and before 811.[3]


  1. ^ Sometimes Wehthun or Withun


  1. ^ a b Anglo-Saxons.net Charters S41 accessed on 25 August 2007
  2. ^ Anglo-Saxons.net Charters S161 accessed on 25 August 2007
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 221


  • 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 6. 

Further reading

  • Barker, E. (1947). "Sussex Anglo-Saxon Charters, part 1". Sussex Archaeological Collections. 86: 42–101. 

External links

Christian titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Selsey
flourished about 790
Succeeded by

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