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St Bertwald, or Brihtwald (died 731) was the ninth Archbishop of Canterbury (693–731).
Cenwalh, King of Wessex appointed Bertwald as the first Anglo-Saxon Abbot of Glastonbury in 667, on the advice of his friend, St. Benedict Biscop.
Bertwald presided at the Council of Easterfield in 702, at which Bishop Wilfrid of York was deposed and excommunicated; and three years later at a further Council, when it was arranged that Wilfrid should receive the Bishopric of Hexham, in place of that of York.
He held the bishopric twenty-two years, and was buried in St. Peter’s church, where all the bodies of the bishops of Canterbury are buried.
Bertwald succeeded Theodore in the archbishopric, being abbot of the monastery called Racuulfe, which stands at the northern mouth of the river Genlade.
Among the many bishops whom he ordained was Tobias, a man instructed in the Latin, Greek, and Saxon tongues, and otherwise of manifold learning, whom he consecrated in the stead of Gedmund, bishop of the Church of Rochester, who had died.
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