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Archbishop of Canterbury
Enthroned unknown
Reign ended 17 October 739
Predecessor Tatwine
Successor Cuthbert of Canterbury
Consecration 735
Personal details
Died 17 October 739
Buried Canterbury, Kent
Feast day 17 October
Venerated in Eastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion

Nothhelm (died 739) was the eleventh Archbishop of Canterbury.



Nothhelm was a contemporary of St Boniface and the Venerable Bede, whom he supplied with correspondence from the papal library following a trip to Rome.[1] He also researched the history of Kent and the surrounding area for Bede, supplying the information through the abbot of St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury.[2] Before his appointment to the archbishopric, he was the archpriest of the Saxon-built St Paul's Cathedral, London.[3]

Named to the see of Canterbury in 735, he was consecrated the same year.[4] He may have been appointed by Æthelbald, King of Mercia, whose councilor he was.[1] Whether or not he owed his appointment to Æthelbald, Nothhelm was one of a number of Mercians who became Archbishop of Canterbury during the 730s and 740s, during a time of expanding Mercian influence.[5] He held a synod in 736 or 737, which drew nine bishops. Bede addressed his work In regum librum XXX quaestiones to Nothhelm, who had asked the thirty questions on the biblical book of Kings that Bede answered.[6] Bede's work De VIII Quastionibus may have been written for Nothhelm.[2] While he was archbishop, Saint Boniface wrote to him, requesting a copy of the Responsiones of Pope Gregory I for use in his missionary efforts.[7] Boniface also asked for information on when the Gregorian mission to England arrived in England.[2]

Nothhelm died on 17 October 739[4] or 740[8] and is interred in Canterbury Cathedral.[6] His feast day is 17 October.[9]


  1. ^ a b Hindley A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons p. 93
  2. ^ a b c Keynes "Nothhelm" Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England
  3. ^ Yorke Kings and Kingdoms p. 31
  4. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 214
  5. ^ Williams Kingship and Government p. 24
  6. ^ a b Hunt "Nothhelm (d. 739)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  7. ^ Brooks Early History of the Church of Canterbury p. 83-84
  8. ^ Delaney Dictionary of Saints p. 460
  9. ^ Walsh A New Dictionary of Saints p. 453


  • Brooks, Nicholas (1984). The Early History of the Church of Canterbury: Christ Church from 597 to 1066. London: Leicester University Press. ISBN 0-7185-0041-5.  
  • Delaney, John P. (1980). Dictionary of Saints (Second ed.). Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-13594-7.  
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.  
  • Hindley, Geoffrey (2006). A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons: The Beginnings of the English Nation. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers. ISBN 978-0-78671-738-5.  
  • Hunt, William (2004). "Nothhelm (d. 739)" (fee required). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. revised Henry Mayr-Harting. Oxford University Press.   Accessed 7 November 2007
  • Simon Keynes (2001). "Nothhelm". in Lapidge, Michael; Blair, John; Keynes, Simon; Scragg, Donald. The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anglo-Saxon England. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. pp. 335–336. ISBN 978-0-631-22492-1.  
  • Walsh, Michael J. (2007). A New Dictionary of Saints: East and West. London: Burns & Oats. ISBN 0-8601-2438-X.  
  • Williams, Ann (1999). Kingship and Government in Pre-Conquest England c. 500–1066. London: MacMillan Press. ISBN 0-333-56797-8.  
  • Yorke, Barbara (1997). Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-16639-X.  

External links

  • A letter from Boniface to Nothelm, 735. (White text on white background)
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Archbishop of Canterbury
Succeeded by
Cuthbert of Canterbury


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