See also:bishop of Ely,
See also:head of the
See also:exchequer in the reigns of
See also:Henry I. and Henry II., was brought into the exchequer in early
See also:life (1130) . Soon after his
See also:uncle Roger of
See also:Salisbury secured him the bishopric of Ely, much to the disgust of the monks .
See also:Nigel was 'at first retained in
See also:Stephen's service; but, like his uncle and his
See also:brothers, incurred the suspicion of leaning towards the Angevin
See also:interest, when Roger of Salisbury and
See also:Alexander of Lincoln were arrested by Stephen (
See also:January 1139) . Nigel attempted to maintain himself in his see by force of arms, but he was forced to fly to the empress at
See also:Gloucester He was reconciled to Stephen in 1142 and restored to his see; but he now became involved in a
See also:quarrel with the powerful Henry of Winchester . Ranulph, his first treasurer and representative at Ely, had been extortionate and dishonest, and the monks accused Nigel, probably with some
See also:justification, of spending the estates and treasures of the see in maintaining knights and gaining
See also:court influence . Henry of Winchester, who can have had little sympathy with bishops of Nigel's type, took up their quarrel, and Nigel was forced to go to Rome . Fortunately, both in these quarrels and in all his difficulties with Stephen, he secured the strong and
See also:uniform support of the
See also:Curia . At the accession of Henry II . (1154) Nigel was summoned to reorganize the exchequer . He was the only surviving
See also:minister of Henry I., and his knowledge of the exchequer business was unrivalled . This was the
See also:work of his life . It is to the work of his son
See also:Richard, the Dialogus de Scaccario, that we are indebted for our knowledge of the procedure of the exchequer as it was
See also:left by Nigel .
The bishop took little
See also:part in politics, except as
See also:administrator . In 1166 his
See also:health was broken by a paralytic seizure . Except for another quarrel with his monks, who accused him of despoiling their
See also:church and gained the ear of
See also:Pope Adrian, the last part of his life was laborious and uneventful . See Dr
See also:Liebermann's Einleitung in den Dialogus de Scaccario; J . H .
See also:Round's Geoffrey de Mandeville .
NIGDEH (Arab. Nakidah)
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