Bishop of Wells
Installedc. 973 or 974
Term ended975
Personal details
Died28 June 975
Previous post(s)Abbot of Milton

Cyneweard (died 975) was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Wells. He was a monk of Glastonbury Abbey[1] before becoming abbot of Milton Abbey in 964.[2] He was consecrated bishop of the Diocese of Wells in about 973 or 974, and died in office on 28 June 975.[3] His death is mentioned in the short Old English poem "The Death of King Edgar",[4] which occurs in the entry for 975 of two of the manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.


  1. ^ Knowles Monastic Order in England p. 65 note 3
  2. ^ Knowles, et al. Heads of Religious Houses p. 56
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 222
  4. ^ Bragg Lyric Speakers p. 70


  • Bragg, Lois (1991). The Lyric Speakers of Old English Poetry. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN 978-0-8386-3403-5.
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  • Knowles, David (1976). The Monastic Order in England: A History of its Development from the Times of St. Dunstan to the Fourth Lateran Council, 940–1216 (Second reprint ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-05479-6.
  • Knowles, David; London, Vera C. M.; Brooke, Christopher (2001). The Heads of Religious Houses, England and Wales, 940–1216 (Second ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-80452-3.
Christian titles Preceded byByrhthelm Bishop of Wells c. 973–975 Succeeded bySigar