Philip Repyngdon

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Philip Repyngdon,
Bishop of Lincoln
Province Canterbury
Appointed 19 November 1404
Installed 8 April 1405
Term ended 21 November 1419
Predecessor Henry Beaufort
Successor Richard Fleming
Ordination 26 May 1369
Consecration 29 March 1405
Created Cardinal 19 September 1408,
but revoked in 1409
Rank Cardinal priest
Personal details
Born c. 1345
Died 1424 (aged c. 79)
Buried Lincoln Cathedral
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Previous post Abbot of Leicester and Chancellor of the University of Oxford

Philip Repyngdon[a] (c. 1345 – 1424) was a bishop and cardinal.[1]


It is believed Repyngdon was born in Wales in around 1345.[2] He became an Augustinian canon, first at Repton Abbey, then at Leicester Abbey where he was ordained to the priesthood on 26 May 1369.[2] He was educated at Broadgates Hall, Oxford, graduating with a Doctorate of Divinity in 1382.[2]

A man of some learning, Repyngdon came to the front as a defender of the doctrines taught by John Wycliffe; for this he was suspended and afterwards excommunicated, but in a short time he was pardoned and restored by Archbishop William Courtenay, and he appears to have completely abandoned his unorthodox opinions.

In 1394, Repyngdon was made abbot of the abbey of Saint Mary de Pratis at Leicester, and after the accession of Henry IV to the English throne in 1399 he became chaplain and confessor to this king, being described as clericus specialissimus domini regis Henrici.

On 19 November 1404, Repyngdon was chosen bishop of Lincoln, and was consecrated on 29 March 1405.[3] In 1408, Pope Gregory XII created him a cardinal,[1] however, it was not recognised in England, and the creation was revoked in 1409.[4] He resigned his bishopric on 20 November 1419.[3] Some of Repyngdon's sermons are in manuscript at Oxford and at Cambridge.

In 1405, Repyngdon attempted to promote a pilgrimage site at Yarborough devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, after the church there was destroyed by fire. The pyx which contained the consecrated Host was the only thing to survive the fire, and the bishop attempted to establish a cult centre there, but it failed.[5]


  1. ^ Or Repington, or Repyndon


  1. ^ a b Miranda, Salvador. "Philip Repington". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  2. ^ a b c Schofield & Skinner 2007, The English Cardinals, p. 49.
  3. ^ a b Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 256.
  4. ^ Schofield & Skinner 2007, The English Cardinals, p. 50.
  5. ^ Swanson 1995, Religion and Devotion in Europe, p. 138.


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  • Schofield, Nicholas; Skinner, Gerard (2007). The English Cardinals. Oxford: Family Publications. ISBN 978-1-871217-65-0. 
  • Swanson, R. N. (1995). Religion and Devotion in Europe, c. 1215-c. 1515. Cambridge Medieval Textbooks. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-37950-4. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Repington, Philip". Encyclopædia Britannica. 23 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 105. 

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Henry Beaufort
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Richard Fleming
Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Hyndeman
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by
Henry Beaufort
Preceded by
Thomas Hyndeman
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by
Robert Alum