archbishop of Canterbury, was a Norman, who became a
See also:monk at Canterbury, where he acted as
See also:chaplain to Archbishop Theobald and was a colleague of
See also:Becket, In 1173, more than two years after the
See also:murder of Becket, it was decided to fill the vacant archbishopric of Canterbury; there were two candidates,
See also:Richard, at that
See also:prior of St
See also:Dover, and
See also:Odo, prior of Canterbury, and in
See also:June Richard was chosen, although Odo was the nominee of the monks . Objections were raised against this election both in England and in Rome, but in
See also:April 1174 the new archbishop was consecrated at Anagui by
See also:Alexander III., and he returned to England towards the close of the
See also:year . The ten years during which Richard was archbishop were disturbed by disputes with Roger, archbishop of
See also:York, over the respective rights of the two
See also:sees, and in 1175, at a council held in
See also:London, there was a
See also:free fight between their partisans .
See also:Henry II. arranged a truce for five years between the
See also:rival prelates, but Richard was soon involved in another
See also:quarrel, this being with Roger,
See also:abbot of St Augustine's, Canterbury, whose
See also:action also trenched upon the privileges of the archbishop . Richard was more acceptable to Henry II. than Becket had been; he attended the royal
See also:councils, and more than once he was with the
See also:king in
See also:Normandy . Henry probably preferred him because he insisted less on the rights of the
See also:clergy than his
See also:great predecessor had done; but the monastic writers and the followers of Becket regarded this attitude as a sign of weakness . Richard died at Rochester on the 16th of
See also:February 1184 and was buried in his
See also:cathedral . See the article by W .
See also:Hunt in the Dict . Nat . Biog. vol. xlviii . (1896); and W .
See also:Hook, Lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury .
RICHARD DE CLARE
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