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Earconwald
Bishop of London
Earconwald teaching monks in a historiated initial from the Chertsey Breviary (c.1300)
Province Canterbury
Enthroned 675
Reign ended 693
Predecessor Wine
Successor Waldhere
Other posts Abbot of Chertsey
Orders
Consecration c. 675
Personal details
Born circa 630
Kingdom of Lindsey
Died 693
Barking Abbey
Buried Old St Paul's Cathedral, London
Denomination Christianity
Sainthood
Feast day 13 May
24 April
30 April
14 November in England
Attributes bishop in a small chariot, which he used for travelling his diocese; with Saint Ethelburga of Barking
Patronage against gout, London
Shrines St. Paul's, London

Earconwald or Erkenwald (died 693) was Bishop of London between 675 and 693.

Life

Earconwald was born at Lindsey in Lincolnshire, and was supposedly of royal ancestry. Earconwald gave up his share of family money to help establish two Benedictine abbeys, Chertsey Abbey in Surrey in 666 for men, and Barking Abbey for women. His sister, Æthelburg, was Abbess of Barking, while he served as Abbot of Chertsey.

In 675, Earconwald became the Bishop of London, after Wine. He was the choice of Archbishop Theodore of Canterbury. While bishop, he contributed to King Ine of Wessex's law code, and is mentioned specifically in the code as a contributor. He is also reputed to have converted Sebba, King of the East Saxons to Christianity in 677. Current historical scholarship credits Earconwald with a large role in the evolution of Anglo-Saxon charters, and it is possible that he drafted the charter of Caedwalla to Farnham. King Ine of Wessex named Earconwald as an advisor on his laws.

Earconwald died in 693 and his remains were buried at Old St Paul's Cathedral. His grave was a popular place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, and was destroyed together with a number of other tombs in the cathedral during the Reformation.

Earconwald's feast day is 30 April, with translations being celebrated on 1 February and 13 May. He is a patron saint of London.

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