Richard Peche

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Robert Peche
Bishop of Coventry
See Diocese of Coventry
Appointed before April 1161
Term ended resigned 1182
Predecessor Walter Durdent
Successor Gerard la Pucelle
Orders
Consecration about 18 April 1161
Personal details
Died 6 October 1182
Denomination Catholic

Richard Peche (died 1182) was a medieval Bishop of Coventry.

Peche was probably the son of Robert Peche who was Bishop of Coventry from 1121 to 1128. He was definitely the son of a priest, as Ralph de Diceto wrote about him and justified the elevation of a son of priest to the episcopacy. He was Archdeacon of Coventry, and may have been given that office by his father, although the first record of him as an archdeacon is from about 1140.[1] He was consecrated about 18 April 1161,[2] either by Archbishop Theobald of Canterbury or by Walter, Bishop of Rochester.[1] Richard probably assisted Roger de Pont L'Evêque the Archbishop of York in the cornonation of Henry the Young King in 1170.[3] After Becket's death, Richard, along with Bartholomew Iscanus the Bishop of Exeter reconciled Canterbury Cathedral so it might be once more used for the liturgy.[4] While bishop, Richard worked to restore the finances of the diocese, and ten charters he issued are still extant.[1] Richard resigned the see in 1182 and died on 6 October 1182.[2] After his resignation, he took the habit of an Augustinian canon at Stafford,[5] although the story that he founded the house he retired has since been proven to be not the case.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Franklin "Peche, Richard (d. 1182)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 253
  3. ^ Barlow Thomas Becket p. 206
  4. ^ Barlow Thomas Becket p. 264
  5. ^ Knowles Monastic Order in England p. 478 footnote 1

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Walter Durdent
Bishop of Coventry
1161–1182
Succeeded by
Gerard la Pucelle