William de Turbeville
|William de Turbeville|
|Bishop of Norwich|
|Elected||either 1146 or early 1147|
|Term ended||January 1174|
|Successor||John of Oxford|
|Died||16 or 17 January 1174
Turbeville was educated in the Benedictine cathedral-priory of Norwich. Here he also made religious profession, first as a teacher and later as prior. He first held the office of precentor of the diocese of Norwich from about 1136, and was subsequently Prior of Norwich.
Turbeville was present at the Easter synod of 1144 when Godwin Stuart told the improbable story that his nephew, William of Norwich, a boy of about twelve years, had been murdered by the Norwich Jews during the preceding Holy Week.
When Turbeville became bishop in 1146 or early 1147 he propagated the cult of the "boy-martyr". On four different occasions he had the boy's remains transferred to more honourable places, and in 1168 erected a chapel in his honor in Mousehold Wood, where the boy's body was said to have been found. He persuaded Thomas of Monmouth, a monk of Norwich priory, to write "The Life and Miracles of St. William of Norwich" about 1173, the only extant authority for the legend of William, which is now commonly discredited.
- British History Online Bishops of Norwich accessed on 29 October 2007
- British History Online Priors of Norwich accessed on 29 October 2007
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
- Haring, Nicholas (1966). "Notes on the Council and the Consistory of Rheims (1148)". Mediaeval Studies. XXVIII: 39–59.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Norwich
John of Oxford