Hedda from Wessex
Hedda was initially a Benedictine monk , later abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Whitby and was ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Wessex in 676 by Archbishop Theodore of Canterbury . He was the successor of Bishop Leutherius and held the office until his death in 705. His bishopric was first Dorchester , then Winchester .
During his thirty years as bishop, he saw Centwine , Saint Caedwalla and Saint Ine, one after the other , as Kings of Wessex . Hedda was one of the most important advisors to King Ine and had a great influence on his legislation. It is reported that he transferred the bones of St. Birinus , the first Bishop of Wessex, from Dorchester to Winchester. After Felix the monk, he consecrated St. Guthlac as a priest and finally buried him.
Bede reports of him that he was a good and just man who was guided in the exercise of his duty more by an innate love of virtue than by what he had read in books.
The day of his death, July 7th, is commemorated.
- Powicke & Fryde: Handbook of British Chronology. Second Edition, London, 1961, p. 257
- Felix, Vita Sancti Guthlaci
- Farmer, David Hugh: Dictionary of Saints. Oxford, 2011, 5th edition, ISBN 978-0-19-959660-7 , p. 205
- Barbara Yorke, Hædde (d. 705/6) , Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , as seen on July 16, 2012
Bishop of Wessex
676 - 705
|SURNAME||Hedda from Wessex|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Haedde of Wessex|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Bishop of Winchester, saint|
|DATE OF BIRTH||7th century|
|DATE OF DEATH||July 7th 705|
|Place of death||Winchester|