William Of Saint Carilef


William Of Saint Carilef

▪ English bishop
also called  William Of Saint Calais, or Bishop William  
died Jan. 2, 1096, Windsor, Eng.

      Norman-French bishop of Durham (1081–96), adviser to William I the Conqueror, and chief minister to William II Rufus (1088).

      Bishop William distinguished himself in his early years as a diligent and practical monk and abbot at the monasteries of St. Carilef (later named St. Calais) and St. Vincent, respectively. William I the Conqueror, taking notice of his abilities, made him bishop of Durham on Jan. 3, 1081, and retained him as a close adviser.

      Upon ascending the throne, William II Rufus made Bishop William his chief minister (1088), an act that, in part, caused Odo of Bayeux (William the Conqueror's half brother) to rebel. Bishop William sided with Odo and, after Odo's defeat, was stripped of his see and castle and forced to take refuge in Normandy. After spending three years in exile, Bishop William succeeded in regaining the king's favour and recovered his bishopric and property.

      For the next four years Bishop William devoted himself to the rebuilding of Durham Cathedral. He sided with the king against St. Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury, at the Synod of Rockingham (March 1095) and unsuccessfully advocated the archbishop's removal. Ailing, William was summoned to Windsor in late 1095 and died there shortly after his arrival.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • William Walcher — Infobox bishopbiog name =William Walcher religion =Catholic See =Diocese of Durham Title = Bishop of Durham Period = 1070 ndash;1080 Predecessor = Ethelwin Successor =William de St Calais ordination = bishops = post = date of birth = place of… …   Wikipedia

  • William — may refer to:*William (name), a masculine given nameRoyaltyBritish*William I of England (1027 1087), a.k.a. William the Conqueror, William the Bastard *William II of England (1056 1100), a.k.a. William Rufus *William I of Scotland (c. 1142 1214) …   Wikipedia

  • William de St-Calais — Infobox bishopbiog name =William de St Calais religion =Catholic See =Diocese of Durham Title = Bishop of Durham Period = 1081–1096 Predecessor = William Walcher Successor =Ranulf Flambard ordination = bishops = post = Abbot of St Vincent, Le… …   Wikipedia

  • United Kingdom — a kingdom in NW Europe, consisting of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: formerly comprising Great Britain and Ireland 1801 1922. 58,610,182; 94,242 sq. mi. (244,100 sq. km). Cap.: London. Abbr.: U.K. Official name, United Kingdom of Great… …   Universalium

  • Durham Cathedral — Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham Durham Cathedral from the south …   Wikipedia

  • Durham (Dunelmum) —     Durham (Dunelmum)     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Durham (Dunelmum)     Ancient Catholic Diocese of Durham (Dunelmensis).     This diocese holds a unique position among English bishoprics. Owing to its geographical position on the Scottish… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Northumbria — This article is about the medieval English kingdom. For the Old English dialect, see Northumbrian (Old English). For the modern county, see Northumberland. Kingdom of Northumbria Norþanhymbra ← …   Wikipedia

  • Lanfranc — • Archbishop of Canterbury, b. at Pavia c.1005; d. at Canterbury, 24 May, 1089 Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Lanfranc     Lanfranc      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham — Durham Cathedral Durham Cathedral als Silhouette im Sonnenuntergang …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Durham Cathedral — Die Durham Cathedral, oder The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, so der vollständige Name, ist eine Kathedrale in der Stadt Durham im Nordosten Englands. Durham Cathedral, Gesamtansicht …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.