(Abt 970-1063)
Aveline CREPON, Duchess
(Abt 974-)
(Abt 985-)
Mrs Flaitel Gerald
(Abt 985-)
Lord Walter Giffard LONGUEVILLE
(Abt 1010-Abt 1085)
Ermengarde FLAITEL
(Abt 1012-)
Bishop William Giffard WINCHESTER
(Abt 1038-Abt 1129)


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Bishop William Giffard WINCHESTER

  • Born: Abt 1038, Longueville, Normandy, France
  • Died: Abt 1129

   Other names for William were Chancellor and WINCHESTER Bishop.

   General Notes:

Chancellor to King William RUFUS II ENGLAND, Bishop of WINCHESTER 1100-1129.

The Political History of England, Vol II, George Burton Adams Longmans Green and Co, 1905, Ch I, p114:
[1100] "Immediately, before leaving Winchester, Henry performed one royal act of great importance to his cause, and skilfully chosen as a declaration of principles. He appointed William Giffard, who had been his brother's [William II] chancellor, Bishop of Winchester. This see had been vacant for nearly three years and subject ot the dealings of Ranulf Flambard. The immediate appointment of a bishop wasequivalent to a proclamation that these dealings should now cease, that bishoprics should no longer be kept vacant for the benefit of the king, and it was addressed to the Church, the party directly interested and one of the most powerful influences in the state in deciding the question of succession. The speed with which Henry's coronation was carried through shows that the Church accepted his assurances."
p140: [1105] "...Toward the end of the year [Gerard of York] joined with five other bishops, including William Giffard, appointed by Henry to Winchester, in a more open appeal to Anselm, with promise of support..."
p149: [1107] "This long controversy having reached a settlement which Anselm was at least willing to accept, he was ready to ressume thelong-interrupted duties of primate of Britain. On August 11, assisted by an imposing assembly of his suffragan bishops, and by the Archbishop of York, he consecrated in Canterbury five bishops at once,three of these of long-standing appointment- William Giffard of Winchester, Roger of Salisbury, and Reinelm of Hereford; the other two, William of Exeter and Urban of Landaff, recently chosen..."
p181: [1129] "...Soon after died William Giffard, the bishop whom Henry had appointed before he was himself crowned, and in his place the king appointed his newphew, Henry of Blois, brother of Count Stephen, who was to play so great a part in the troubles that were soon to begin. Aboutthe same time we get evidence that Henry had not abandoned his practice of taking fines from the married clergy, and of allowing them to retain their wives."

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