Biographical Register of the English Cathedral Priories of the Province of Canterbury, c. 1066-1540

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COVENTRY CATHEDRAL PRIORY

INTRODUCTION

The early history of the cathedral church and chapter of St Mary, Coventry, has much in common with that of Bath. However, the monastic community here had a shorter pre-conquest existence since it was founded some time before themid-eleventh century.1 The episcopal seat underwent two moves before 1228: from Lichfield to Chester in 1075 and from there, briefly, to Coventry in 1102, presumably because the latter was a larger and more important centre.2 Finally, in 1228 the continuing claims of Lichfield resulted, as for Bath and Wells, in the combining of the two chapters under the episcopal title of Coventry and Lichfield. Here, too, the settlement was preceded by a lengthy period of controversy, during which the monks became subject to a series of oppressive bishops beginning with Robert de Limesey, whose transfer of the see to Coventry established him and his successors as titular abbots.3

The main highlights of these unsettled years can be briefly summarized, with a view to setting forth the circumstantial background of some of the entries in the monks' biographies. Surprisingly, perhaps, one of these oppressive bishops was Walter Durdent ( 1149-1159), prior of Canterbury (q.v. under Canterbury) before he was elected by the Coventry monks, who, in so doing, ignored the protests of the Lichfield canons and deprived them of any say.4 The chronicles are unanimous in their depiction of bishop Hugh de Nonant ( 1188-1198), who provoked the monks into violence, during a synod in 1189, in which he himself sustained injury; this provided him with an excuse to expel the monks and replace them with a secular chapter.5 The prior, Moses, q.v., another former monk of Canterbury, saw no alternative but to surrender the priory demesne and barony to the bishop and take his case to Rome. The monks were restored by papal mandate in 1197 while the repentant bishop was on his deathbed far away at Bec, the abbot of Bury St Edmunds being one of the prelates commissioned to reinstate them.6

Persevering in their claims the canons of Lichfield elected one of themselves as their candidate for the see in 1208, while the monks chose their prior, Joybert, q.v. This impasse occurred in the critical years of king John's quarrel with the monks of Canterbury and his refusal to accept Stephen Langton as archbishop; it lasted almost

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1
Demidowicz, Coventry's First Cathedral, 18 (article by R. Morris).
2
In the last quarter of the 14th c. Coventry ranked as the third largest city in England, coming next after York and Bristol.
3
Domidowicz, op. cit., 118-138, where M. Franklin delineates the careers of the bishops between c. 1072 and 1208 and concludes with the 'provisional statements' that the period was one of 'almost unremitting oppression of the monks of Coventry', 138.
4
He may have been archbishop Theobald's nominee, Coss, Coventry Records, xviii. See Laurence I.
5
Gervase Cant., i, 461 (Canterbury reference), Chron. Devizes, 387 ( Winchester reference); see also Geoffrey I.
6
Ann. Winton., ii, 67, D. Greenway and J. Sayers, Jocelin of Brakelond, Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds ( Oxford, 1989), 83-84. Abbot Samson entertained fourteen of the Coventry monks in Oxford where the formal ceremony of repossession took place, ib., 84; had he perhapsgiven some of the monks refuge during their exile?

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Contents xi
  • Abbreviations of Words and Phrases xiii
  • General Bibliography of Works Cited with Abbreviations xv
  • Schema for the References in Each Section xx
  • General Introduction xxi
  • Bath Cathedral Priory 1
  • Canterbury Cathedral Priory 50
  • Coventry Cathedral Priory 336
  • Ely Cathedral Priory 377
  • Norwich Cathedral Priory 466
  • Rochester Cathedral Priory 577
  • Winchester Cathedral Priory 651
  • Worcester Cathedral Priory 754
  • Appendix - Archbishops, Bishops, and Priors in Chronological Order 902
  • Index of Names 911
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