Saint Kenelm

Also known as

  • Cynehelm
  • Chenelmo



Mercian prince, the son of King Coenwulf. Venerated as a boy king and martyr in the Middle Ages, though his biography became mixed with pious legends, one of which says he was killed on orders of his sister.

Mentioned in the Canterbury Tales’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale. Venerable John Henry Newman made frequent pilgrimages to the shrine of Saint Kenelm’s martyrdom. For many years the villagers of Kenelstowe, England celebrated Saint Kenelm’s Day with the ancient custom of “crabbing the parson” – bombarding the parson with crab apples!




  • boy in royal robes holding a lily
  • boy king trampling his disloyal sister

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Kenelm“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 January 2009. Web. 6 July 2015. <>