John of Crema
He undertook a significant papal mission to Henry I of England in 1124-5, sent by Callistus (who died in 1124) and confirmed by his successor Pope Honorius II. At this time England was generally closed to papal diplomats; of nine legates to England in Henry's reign, John was the only one to be able to use his authority.
Modern historians have speculated that this permission was a quid pro quo after Callistus had annulled the marriage to Sibylla of Anjou of William Clito, who was struggling against Henry in Normandy. John, with Peter Pierleone and Gregory of San Angelo, had upheld the annulment. Fulk V of Anjou, Sibylla's father, took this badly, and in late 1124 a stand-off developed. Fulk imprisoned the papal legates and treated them roughly, and was excommunicated. Shortly Fulk submitted, and William Clito's position deteriorated in consequence.
One of John’s tasks related to enforcement of the celibacy of the clergy. A contemporary story, mentioned by Roger of Hoveden, and repeated in David Hume’s history, is that he had been surprised in bed with a woman (perhaps supplied by the bishop of Durham). This is treated now as a rumour, put about by Henry of Huntingdon.
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