|Bishop of Norwich-elect|
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of Norwich|
|Term ended||3 September 1325|
|Other posts||Lord Privy Seal (1320–1323)
Lord Chancellor (1323–1326)
Robert Baldock was the Lord Privy Seal and Lord Chancellor of England, during the reign of King Edward II of England. He was elected Bishop of Norwich on 23 July 1325 but resigned the office on 3 September 1325 to avoid a collision between the pope and the king.
He was later named Chancellor of England on 20 August 1323 and lost the office on 16 November 1326 when he was imprisoned.
In October, 1326, Baldock was one of the small number of supporters who fled London with King Edward when Queen Isabella and Roger Mortimer invaded. He remained with the king and the Despensers, the king's particular favorites, in their flight across England to the Despensers' lands in Wales and was one of the last handful who attempted to cross to Ireland and failed.
Unlike the Despensers, who suffered quick trials and executions, Baldock was a clergyman and so in February was sent to London for trial by fellow clergy. He was placed under house arrest at Hereford Palace (the Bishop of Hereford's London residence). But a mob broke into the house, severely beat him, and threw him into Newgate Prison, where he was murdered by some of the inmates.
- Powicke Handbook of British Chronology p. 243
- Edward Foss Biographia Juridica p. 51.
- Powicke Handbook of British Chronology p. 90
- Powicke Handbook of British Chronology p. 84
- Ian Mortimer The Greatest Traitor p. 157.
- John, Lord Campbell The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England p. 170.
- Ian Mortimer The Greatest Traitor p. 162.
- Powicke, F. Maurice and E. B. Fryde Handbook of British Chronology 2nd. ed. London:Royal Historical Society 1961
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