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ALDRED, or EALDRED (d. 1069)

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 536 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ALDRED, or EALDRED (d. 1069), English ecclesiastic, became abbot of Tavistock about 1027, 1044 was made bishop of Worcester, and in ro6o archbishop of York. He had considerable influence over King Edward the Confessor, and as his interests were secular rather than religious he took a prominent part in affairs of state, and in 1046 led an unsuccessful expedition against the Welsh. In 1050 he was largely instrumental in restoring Sweyn, the son of Earl Godwin, to his earldom, and about the same time went to Rome " on the king's errand." In 1054 he was sent to the emperor Henry III. to obtain that monarch's influence in securing the return to England of Edward, son of Edmund Ironside, who was in Hungary with King Andrew I. In this mission he was successful and obtained some insight into the working of the German church during a stay of a, year with Hermann II., archbishop of Cologne. After his return to England he took charge of the sees of Hereford and Ramsbury, although not appointed to these bishoprics; and in io58 made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, being the first English bishop to take this journey. Having previously given up Hereford and Ramsbury, Aldred was elected archbishop of York in ro6o, and in ro6r he proceeded to Rome to receive the pallium. On his arrival there, however, various charges were brought against him by a synod, and Pope Nicholas II. not only refused his request but degraded him from the episcopate. The sentence was, however, subsequently reversed, and Aldred received the pallium and was restored to his former station. It is stated by Florence of Worcester that Aldred crowned King Harold II. in ro66, although the Norman authorities mention Stigand as the officiating prelate. After the battle of Hastings Aldred joined the party who sought to bestow the throne upon Edgar the IEtheling, but when these efforts appeared hopeless he was among those who submitted to William the Conqueror at Berkhampstead. Selected to crown the new king he performed the ceremony on Christmas Day ro66, and in ro68 performed the same office at the coronation of Matilda, the Conqueror's wife. But though often,at court, he seems to have been no sympathiser with Norman oppression, and is even said to have bearded the king himself. He died at York on the r r th of September 1069 and was buried in his own cathedral. Aldred did much for the restoration of discipline in the monasteries and churches under his authority, and was liberal in his gifts for ecclesiastical purposes. He built the monastic church of St Peter at Gloucester, and rebuilt a large part of that of St John at Beverley. At his instigation, Folcard, a monk of Canterbury, wrote the Life of St John of Beverley. See The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, edited by C. Plummer (Oxford, 1892-1899); Florence of Worcester, Chronicon ex Chronicis, edited by B. Thorpe (London, x848-1849); William of Malmesbury, Deof the popular ballad A soldier and a sailor, A tinker and a tailor, &c. Another specimen of his wit is furnished by the following epigrarn of the five reasons for drinking: Si bene quid memini, causae sunt quinque bibendi; Hospitis adventus, pr¢esens sitis atque futura, Aut vini bonitos, aut quaelibet alters causa. The translation runs: If on my theme I rightly think, There are five reasons why men drink:-- Good wine; a friend; because I'm dry'; Or lest I sho}ild be by and by; Or—any other reason why.
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HENRY ALDRICH (1647-1710)

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