Robert Kilwardby

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His Eminence
Cardinal

Robert Kilwardby
OP
Archbishop of Canterbury
Robert Kilwardby
Province Canterbury
Diocese Canterbury
Appointed 11 October 1272
Term ended 5 June 1278
Predecessor William Chillenden
Successor Robert Burnell
Other posts Cardinal Bishop of Porto and Santa Rufina
Orders
Consecration 26 February 1273
by William of Bitton (II.)
Created Cardinal 12 March 1278
Rank Cardinal bishop
Personal details
Born c. 1215
Died 11 September 1279
Viterbo
Buried Dominican convent, Viterbo
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic

Robert Kilwardby OP (c. 1215 – 11 September 1279) was an Archbishop of Canterbury in England and as well as a cardinal. Kilwardby was the first member of a mendicant order to attain a high ecclesisatical office in the English Church.

Life[edit]

Kilwardby studied at the University of Paris, then was a teacher of grammar and logic there. He then joined the Dominican Order and studied theology,[1] and became regent at Oxford University before 1261,[2] probably by 1245.[3] He was named provincial prior of the Dominicans for England in 1261,[4] and in October 1272 Pope Gregory X appointed him as Archbishop of Canterbury to end a dispute over the election. Kilwardby was provided to the archbishopric on 11 October 1272, given the temporalities on 12 December 1272, and consecrated on 26 February 1273.[5]

Kilwardby crowned Edward I and his wife Eleanor as king and queen of England in August 1274, but otherwise took little part in politics. He instead concentrated on his ecclesiastical duties, including charity to the poor and donating to the Dominicans.[6]

In 1278 Pope Nicholas III named Kilwardby Cardinal Bishop of Porto and Santa Rufina.[7] He then resigned Canterbury and left England,[5] taking with him papers, registers and documents belonging to the see. He also left the see deep in debt again, after his predecessor had cleared the debt.[8] He died in Italy in 1279 and was buried in the Dominican convent in Viterbo, Italy.[7] While in theory this was a promotion, probably it was not, as the pope was unhappy with Kilwardby's support of efforts to resist the payment of papal revenues and with the lack of effort towards the reforms demanded at the Second Council of Lyon in 1274.[9]

Works[edit]

Included amongst his writings are De ortu scientiarum, De tempore, De Universali, and some commentaries on Aristotle.[citation needed] He was also the author of a summary of the writings of the Church Fathers, arranged alphabetically.[10] De tempore has been translated and edited by Alexander Broadie recently, and published as On Time and Imagination, Part 2: Introduction and Translation. A critical edition of De orto scientiarum was published by Albert G. Judy, for The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in 1976.

Kilwardby's theological and philosophical views were summed up by David Knowles who said that he was a "conservative eclectic, holding the doctrine of seminal tendencies and opposing...the Aristotelian doctrine of the unity of form in beings, including man."[11] Some sources state that he was the author of Summa Philosophiae, a history and description of the schools of philosophical thought then current, but the writing style is not similar to his other works, and Knowles, for one, does not believe it was authored by Kilwardby.[12]

It has been alleged that Kilwardby was an opponent of Thomas Aquinas. In 1277 he prohibited the teaching of thirty theses, some of which have been thought to touch upon Thomas Aquinas' teaching. Recent scholars, however, such as Roland Hissette, have challenged this interpretation.[13]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Lawrence "Thirteenth Century" English Church and the Papacy p. 146
  2. ^ Knowles Evolution of Medieval Thought p. 288
  3. ^ Leff Paris and Oxford Universities pp. 290–293
  4. ^ Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 2: Monastic Cathedrals (Northern and Southern Provinces): Canterbury: Archbishops
  5. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 233
  6. ^ Moorman Church Life p. 371
  7. ^ a b Bellenger and Fletcher Princes of the Church p. 173
  8. ^ Moorman Church Life p. 173
  9. ^ Prestwich Edward I p. 249
  10. ^ Clanchy From Memory to Written Record p. 181
  11. ^ Knowles Evolution of Medieval Thought p. 249
  12. ^ Knowles Evolution of Medieval Thought p. 287
  13. ^ Burton,Monastic and Religious Orders pp. 206–207

References[edit]

  • Bellenger, Dominic Aidan; Fletcher, Stella (2001). Princes of the Church: A History of the English Cardinals. Stroud, UK: Sutton. ISBN 0-7509-2630-9. 
  • Burton, Janet (1994). Monastic and Religious Orders in Britain: 1000–1300. Cambridge Medieval Textbooks. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-37797-8. 
  • Clanchy, C. T. (1993). From Memory to Written Record: England 1066–1307 (Second ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-0-631-16857-7. 
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  • Greenway, Diana E. (1971). Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 2: Monastic Cathedrals (Northern and Southern Provinces): Canterbury: Archbishops. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 11 September 2007. 
  • Knowles, David (1962). The Evolution of Medieval Thought. London: Longman. OCLC 937364. 
  • Lawrence, C. H. (1999) [1965]. "The Thirteenth Century". In Lawrence, C. H. The English Church and the Papacy in the Middle Ages (Reprint ed.). Stroud: Sutton Publishing. pp. p. 117–156. ISBN 0-7509-1947-7. 
  • Leff, Gordon (1975). Paris and Oxford Universities in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries: An Institutional and Intellectual History. Huntington, NY: Robert E. Krieger Pub. Co. ISBN 0-88275-297-9. 
  • Moorman, John R. H. (1955). Church Life in England in the Thirteenth Century (Revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. OCLC 213820968. 
  • Prestwich, Michael (1997). Edward I. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-07157-4. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Chillenden (archbishop-elect)
Archbishop of Canterbury
1273–1278
Succeeded by
Robert Burnell (archbishop-elect)
Preceded by
John of Toledo
Cardinal Bishop of Porto and Santa Rufina
1278–1279
Succeeded by
Bernard de Languissel