William de Beaufeu

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William de Beaufeu
Bishop of Thetford
Church Catholic
See Diocese of Thetford
In office 1085–1091
Predecessor Herfast
Successor Herbert de Losinga
Personal details
Died 1091

William de Beaufeu (sometimes William de Beaufai, William of Bello Fargo or William of Belfou)[1] was a medieval Bishop of Thetford and a major landholder mentioned in the Domesday Book.[2]

Life[edit]

William's land holdings were mainly in the county of Norfolk and Suffolk.[2] He was a royal clerk before he was nominated to the see of Thetford[3] on 25 December 1085 and consecrated in 1086. He died in 1091.[4] He was probably related to Richard de Beaufou Bishop of Avranches from 1134 to 1142.[5]

See also[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ The place where the name comes from is probably fr:Beaufour (Normandy, now Calvados département) : Belfou 1040 - 1066, Bellafagus 1195 "beautiful beech-tree", confused later with another place-name (Orne département) Beaufai : Belfai 1092, De Bello Fayaco ar. 1345 "beautiful beech wood"
  2. ^ a b The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde, Major Domesday landholders page 338 ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  3. ^ British History Online Bishops of Norwich accessed on 29 October 2007
  4. ^ Powicke Handbook of British Chronology p. 223
  5. ^ Spear "The Norman Empire and the Secular Clergy" Journal of British Studies p. 5

References[edit]

  • British History Online Bishops of Norwich accessed on 29 October 2007
  • Powicke, F. Maurice and E. B. Fryde Handbook of British Chronology 2nd. ed. London:Royal Historical Society 1961
  • Spear, David S. "The Norman Empire and the Secular Clergy, 1066–1204" The Journal of British Studies Volume XXI Number 2 Spring 1982 p. 1-10
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Herfast
Bishop of Thetford
1085-1091
Succeeded by
Herbert de Losinga