New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Ethelbert


Martyr (died 793), King of the East Angles. Although preferring a life of celibacy, he agreed to woo Altrida (Alfrida) daughter of Offa, King of the Mercians, and, undeterred by portents, repaired to Offa’s court, where he was murdered. His ignominious burial place was revealed by a heavenly light, and the body having been translated to Hereford Cathedral, his sanctity was attested by the many miracles at his tomb. His head was enshrined at Westminster Abbey. The cathedral at Hereford, of which he is patron, and 13 other churches in England are named in his honor. Feast, 20 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ethelbert”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 December 2012. Web. 18 January 2019. <>