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William of Sainte-Mère-Église

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William of Sainte-Mère-Église
Bishop of London
Elected16 September 1198
Term ended25 January 1221
PredecessorRichard FitzNeal
SuccessorEustace of Fauconberg
Other postsDean of St Martin le Grand
Consecration23 May 1199
Personal details
Died27 March 1224

William of Sainte-Mère-Église[a] was a medieval Bishop of London.


William's family originated from Sainte-Mère-Église, in the Cotentin Peninsula, Normandy,[1] and he held the prebend of 'Ealdstreet' in the diocese of London as well as being dean of St Martin le Grand in London.[2] He also held a prebend in the diocese of York.[1]

In 1193, William, along with the bishop of Salisbury Hubert Walter, found King Richard I of England where he was being held captive at Ochsenfurt in Germany. He was also named the clerk of the exchequer who was responsible for overseeing the Jewish moneylenders, and worked in Walter's new system of supervision to reduce fraud.[3]

William was elected to the See of London on 16 September 1198 and consecrated on 23 May 1199. He resigned the see on 25 January 1221[4] and retired to the Augustinian priory of St Osyth's.[5] He died on 27 March 1224.[1][4]


  1. ^ Or William de St Mariæ Ecclesiâ or William of Saint Mere Eglise


  1. ^ a b c Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 1, St. Paul's, London: Bishops
  2. ^ Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 1, St. Paul's, London: Prebendaries: Ealdstreet
  3. ^ Stacey "Walter, Hubert" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  4. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 258
  5. ^ Turner "Religious Patronage" Albion p. 12


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  • Greenway, Diana E. (1968). Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 1, St. Paul's, London: Bishops. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 29 October 2007.
  • Greenway, Diana E. (1968). Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 1, St. Paul's, London: Prebendaries: Ealdstreet. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 29 October 2007.
  • Stacey, Robert C. (2004). "Walter, Hubert (d. 1205)" ((subscription or UK public library membership required)). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/28633. Retrieved 8 November 2007.
  • Turner, Ralph V. (Spring 1986). "Religious Patronage of Angevin Royal Administrators, c. 1170–1239". Albion. 18 (1): 1–21. doi:10.2307/4048700. JSTOR 4048700.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Richard FitzNeal
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
Eustace of Fauconberg

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