803 in history

Died in 803

Jun 24 Higbald of Lindisfarne Bishop of Lindisfarne from 780 until his death on 24 June 803. Powicke gives his death date as 25 May 802. Little is known about his life except that he was a regular communicator with Alcuin of York; it is in his letters to Alcuin that Higbald described in graphic detail the Viking raid on Lindisfarne on 8 January 793 in which many of his monks were killed
Aug 9 Irene of Athens the commonly known name of Irene Sarantapechaina , Byzantine empress regnant from 797 to 802. Prior to becoming empress regnant, Irene was empress consort from 775 to 780, and empress dowager and regent from 780 to 797