Saint Kenelm

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Kenelm, date and artist unknown; image swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso 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
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Kenelm“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 March 2019. Web. 1 December 2021. <>