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H. E. J. Cowdrey

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259601.001.0001

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Lanfranc and King William I

Lanfranc and King William I

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Like most leading churchmen of his time, Lanfranc favoured strong kings who provided peace and justice in a violent world, not least for churches, monks, and all grades of clergy. During the seventeen years of their working relationship as Archbishop of Canterbury and king of England, Lanfranc and William I undoubtedly maintained a harmony and collaboration that have few if any parallels in the history of medieval Europe. The relationship of Lanfranc and King William I was the closer and more fruitful by reason of the active part that Lanfranc took in the government and administration of the English kingdom. Aside from being a mentor of and collaborator with the king in his ecclesiastical capacity as archbishop, Lanfranc was also royal deputy and royal justice involved in matters of royal administration and justice.

Keywords:   Lanfranc, King William I, archbishop, royal deputy, royal justice, England, Canterbury

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