New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Ethelhard of Canterbury


Fourteenth Archbishop of Canterbury; died 805. He was elected to the see at a time when Offa, King of the Mercians, was attempting to weaken Canterbury‘s influence and had succeeded in securing the pallium for the incumbent of the See of Lichfield. Ethelhard encountered many difficulties, being for a time obliged to flee from his see, but when Cenwulf succeeded in Mercia, they worked together for the restoration of the rights of Canterbury, the dispute being ended by Ethelhard’s visit to Rome in 801. The success of Offa’s policy would have impeded the attainment of national unity, and its defeat by Ethelhard is an event of the greatest importance in the history of the making of the English nation.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ethelhard of Canterbury”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 January 2013. Web. 27 November 2020. <>