John of Fountains
|John of Fountains|
|Bishop of Ely|
|See||Diocese of Ely|
|Elected||circa 24 January 1220|
|Predecessor||Robert of York|
|Successor||Geoffrey de Burgo|
|Other posts||Abbot of Fountains|
|Consecration||8 March 1220
by Stephen Langton
|Died||6 May 1225|
John of Fountains (died 6 May 1225) was a medieval Bishop of Ely.
John was abbot of Fountains Abbey by 13 December 1211, when he was blessed at Melrose by the bishop of Down. Nothing is known of his family or background before this event. While abbot, he continued the building of the abbey's church, and Pope Honorius III named him to a commission with Stephen Langton the Archbishop of Canterbury and William de Cornhill the Bishop of Coventry to investigate the possible canonization of Hugh of Lincoln.
John was elected to the see of Ely about 24 January 1220. He was consecrated bishop on 8 March 1220 at London by Langton. He was enthroned at Ely Cathedral on 25 March 1220. He owed his election to the papal legate Pandulph. While bishop, the pope once more named him to a canonization commission, this time in 1223 for William of York. He was rarely involved in political matters, but did go to France on a diplomatic mission in 1223.
John died on 6 May 1225. He was buried in Ely Cathedral, at first near the altar of St. Andrew, but after a rebuilding effort by Hugh of Northwold he was reinterred near the high altar. His tomb was described as "in the pavement".
- Smith, et al. Heads of Religious Houses II p. 279
- Owen "Fountains, John of (d. 1225)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 244
- British History Online Bishops of Ely
- Vincent Peter des Roches p. 166
- Sayers "Once 'Proud Prelate'" Journal of the British Archaeological Association p. 77
- British History Online Bishops of Ely accessed on 25 October 2007
- 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.
- Owen, Dorothy M. (2004). "Fountains, John of (d. 1225)" ((subscription or UK public library membership required)). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9802. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
- Sayers, Jane (2009). "A Once Proud Prelate: An Unidentified Episcopal Monument in Ely Cathedral". Journal of the British Archaeological Association 162: 67–87. doi:10.1179/006812809x12448232842376.
- Smith, David M.; London, Vera C. M. (2001). The Heads of Religious Houses, England and Wales II. 1216–1377. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-80271-7.
- Vincent, Nicholas (2002). Peter des Roches: An Alien in English Politics 1205–1238 (Reprint ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-52215-3.
|Catholic Church titles|
Robert of York
|Bishop of Ely
Geoffrey de Burgo
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