Geoffrey de Muschamp

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Geoffrey de Muschamp
Bishop of Coventry
Appointed before 21 June 1198
Term ended 1208
Predecessor Hugh Nonant
Successor William de Cornhill
Other posts Archdeacon of Cleveland
Consecration 21 June 1198
by Hubert Walter
Personal details
Died 6 October 1208
Buried Lichfield Cathedral
Denomination Catholic

Geoffrey de Muschamp (died 6 October 1208) was a medieval Bishop of Coventry.

Muschamp began his ecclesiastical career under Geoffrey, Archbishop of York, who appears to have used his office of chancellor to promote Muschamp to the archdeaconry of Cleveland after the death of King Henry II of England. This irregular use of the office came to light five years later, and Muschamp had to pay a fine of ₤100 to King Richard I of England to retain the office. Muschamp opposed his former employer in the archbishop's dispute with the cathedral chapter of York Minster.[1] He was consecrated on 21 June 1198[2] at Canterbury by Hubert Walter, Archbishop of Canterbury.[1] Around 1200 he built Eccleshall Castle as a secure central residence for the bishops of the Diocese of Lichfield.

Muschamp died on 6 October 1208[2] and was buried in Lichfield Cathedral.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Franklin "Muschamp, Geoffrey de" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 253


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Hugh Nonant
Bishop of Coventry
Succeeded by
William de Cornhill