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Wulfstan

c.1010-1095. Bishop of Worcester. Ordained before 1038, he held various monastic offices in Worcester before his consecration in 1062-the only bishop, it was said, who obtained his see on spiritual grounds. Although he was a friend of King Harold-who said that he would go thirty miles out of his way to talk with him-he submitted to William at the Norman Conquest, and was the only Saxon bishop not replaced by a Norman. The invaders were appalled at the depths to which the English Church had sunk; Wulfstan was retained because of what William of Malmesbury calls his “simple goodness.” With Archbishop Lanfranc* of Canterbury he strove against the slave trade till the practice was abandoned. Wulfstan was canonized by Innocent III in 1203.