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Thursday, September 25, 2014

25 September 1179 A.D. Roger de Bailleul—Archbishop-Elect for 41st Canterbury; He Declined; Attended Absolution Service for King Henry II for Murder of Thomas Becket

25 September 1179 A.D.  Roger de Bailleul—Archbishop-Elect for 41st Canterbury; He Declined;  Attended Absolution Service for King Henry II for Murder of Thomas Becket

Roger de Bailleul (died 25 September 1179) was a medieval Benedictine monk, abbot of Bec, and archbishop-elect of Canterbury.[1]

He was born in Lombardy, but according to the Gallia Christiana he was a native of Bailleul (although which one has not been identified), hence the name given to him. However, Robert du Mont confirms it was Lombardy.[2][3]

He became a monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Bec, Normandy and skilful jurist, teaching civil and canon law in England.[2][3] As a supporter of the Empress Matilda against Stephen of Blois in the succession to the throne of England, he attracted royal opposition, and had to return to the abbey in Normandy.[2][3]

After the death of Abbot Létard, Roger was elected the seventh abbot of Bec on 6 July 1149, and blessed by Archbishop Hugh of Rouen on 25 July 1149.[2][3]

As the head of the rich Norman abbey, Roger began to renovate the abbey church, whose first stone was laid by Rotrou, Bishop of Évreux on 14 August 1161 and its consecration was celebrated in April 1178 before King Henry II of England.[2][3] Roger also had a hospital built, which included one of the rooms for travellers, renovated the dormitory, and dug canals to carry water from two sources to the monastic apartments.[2][3]

With the other bishops and abbots of Normandy, he attended the ceremony at Avranches of the absolution of King Henry II for the murder of Thomas Becket.[2][3] In February 1173, Roger was elected to succeed as archbishop of Canterbury by the monks of Christ Church, Canterbury, but he declined the election.[1] He was formally absolved from the election on 5 April 1173.[1]

He died at Bec Abbey on 25 September 1179.[2][3]


1.       ^ Jump up to: a b c Greenway, D. E. (1971). "Archbishops of Canterbury". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300: Volume 2: Monastic Cathedrals (Northern and Southern Provinces). British History Online. pp. 3–8. 

2.       ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h Charpillon, M.; Caresme, Anatole (1868). Dictionnaire historique de toutes les communes du département de l'Eure (in French). pp. 265–266. 

3.       ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h Gazeau, Véronique (2007). Normannia monastica : Prosopographie des abbés bénédictins (Xe-XIIe siècle) (in French). Publications du CRAHM. 

Further reading

Preceded by
Abbot of Bec
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Thomas Becket
Succeeded by
Richard of Dover

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