Wolfhelm of Brauweiler[1] (died 1091) was the Benedictine abbot of Brauweiler Abbey, near Cologne, Germany.

He was attacked by Manegold of Lautenbach, in his Liber Contra Wolfelmum. The grounds were both theological and political[2][3]: Wolfhelm was sympathetic to Platonist ideas and is accused of trying to mediate between Macrobius and Christian doctrine; but also he was close to the imperial party of Emperor Henry IV, in the oncoming Investiture Conflict. In attacking Wolfhelm, Manegold denies the doctrine of the Antipodes[4], bringing the classical doctrine of the round Earth into the scope of heretical ideas[5].

He wrote a letter against the theology of Berengar of Tours[6]; it was addressed to Meginhard of Gladbach Abbey[7].

A Life of Wolfhelm written a generation later, by Konrad, a monk of Brauweiler, was a hagiographical work. It is known that Wolfhelm taught at the Cologne cathedral school, before moving to the Abbey in 1065. It is not known whether the encounter related by Manegold really took place.[8]

He is a Catholic saint (beatified). His feast day is April 22[9]. His sister Bertha was a nun of Vilich Abbey, who wrote a Vita of the abbess Adelheid[10].


  • Heinz Erich Stiene (translator) (1992), Vita Wolfhelmi: Leben des Abtes Wolfhelm von Brauweiler
  • Robert Ziomkowski (translator) (2002), Liber contra Wolfelmum, Manegold of Lautenbach


  1. Wolfelm, Wolphelm of Brauweiler of or Cologne; Wolfelmus, Wolfemus, Wolphelmus Brunwillerensis or Brunswillerensis, Coloniensis.
  2. Constant J. Mews, The World as Text, p. 108 in Thomas J. Heffernan, Thomas E. Burman (editors), Scripture And Pluralism: Reading the Bible in the Religiously Plural Worlds.
  3. William W. Kibler, Medieval France: An Encyclopedia (1995), p. 580.
  4. Rudolf Simek, Heaven and Earth in the Middle Ages: The Physical World Before Columbus (1996 translation), p. 54.
  5. Thomas F. Glick, Steven John Livesey, Faith Wallis, Medieval Science, Technology, and Medicine: An Encyclopedia (2005), p. 318.
  6. In Patrologia Latina, 154.
  7. Gary Macy, Treasures from the Storeroom: Medieval Religion and the Eucharist (1999), p. 69.
  8. Ziomkowski, p. 21.
  10. Monasticon

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