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Peter of Lichfield

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Bishop of Chester
Term ended1085
SuccessorRobert de Limesey
Other post(s)possibly a royal clerk
Consecrationafter May 1072
Personal details
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
Previous post(s)Bishop of Lichfield

Peter (died 1085) was a medieval cleric. He became Bishop of Lichfield in 1072, then his title changed to Bishop of Chester when the see was moved in 1075.[1]

Peter had been a royal chaplain before being nominated to the see of Lichfield. Nothing else is known of his background, although presumably he was a Norman, as were most of King William I of England's episcopal appointments.[2] He may have been a royal clerk of King Edward the Confessor,[3] although one charter of 1065 which lists his name is a forgery.[4] He was the custodian of the see of Lincoln, before his elevation to the episcopate.[5] He was consecrated after May 1072 and died in 1085.[1] It is possible that it was Peter, and not his successor Robert de Limesey, who pillaged the abbey of Coventry and was censured by Archbishop Lanfranc of Canterbury.[6] Peter was buried at Chester.[5] The historian Katharine Keats-Rohan suggests that he was the uncle of Regenbald, a royal clerk under King Edward and King William.[7]


  1. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 253
  2. ^ Powell and Wallis House of Lords p. 36
  3. ^ Barlow English Church 1000–1066 pp. 117–118
  4. ^ Barlow English Church 1000–1066 p. 121
  5. ^ a b Cooke and Costambeys "Peter" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  6. ^ Barlow English Church 1066–1154 p. 62 footnote 52
  7. ^ Keats-Rohan Domesday People p. 351


  • Barlow, Frank (1979). The English Church 1000–1066: A History of the Later Anglo-Saxon Church (Second ed.). New York: Longman. ISBN 0-582-49049-9.
  • Barlow, Frank (1979). The English Church 1066–1154: A History of the Anglo-Norman Church. New York: Longman. ISBN 0-582-50236-5.
  • Cooke, Alice M. (2004). "Peter (d. 1085)" ((subscription or UK public library membership required)). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Costambeys, Marios (revisor). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/22011. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  • 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.
  • Keats-Rohan, K. S. B. (1999). Domesday People: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents, 1066–1166: Domesday Book. Ipswich, UK: Boydell Press. ISBN 0-85115-722-X.
  • Powell, J. Enoch; Wallis, Keith (1968). The House of Lords in the Middle Ages: A History of the English House of Lords to 1540. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson. OCLC 463626.

Further reading

  • Cherry, J. "The lead seal matrix of Peter, bishop of Chester" Antiquaries Journal Vol. 65 (1985), p. 472–3 and pl. CVI b
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Lichfield
See moved to Chester
New title Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
Robert de Limesey
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