Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Henry of Blois, bishop of Winchester

Henry of Blois, bishop of Winchester, brother of King Stephen, one time papal legate to England with precedence over the Archbishop of Canterbury, had the ambition to turn Winchester into a metropolitan see, that is to make it an archepiscopacy, to rival that of Canterbury, and by taking seven of the latter's sees, in particular all the West country ones, and incorporating these into his own metropolitan province based at Winchester. He had persuaded Pope Lucien to accept this, but the latter died before it could be put into action. Archbishop Theobald fought strongly to protect his authority and Canterbury's rights.

Has been called "kingmaker" to rival that of Warwick several centuries later. 


David Knowles (1966). "Chapter VII Henry of Winchester". Saints and Scholars. Cambridge University Press. pp. 51–. ISBN 978-0-521-09172-5

Davis, Michael R. Henry of Blois: Prince Bishop of the Twelfth Century Renaissance. Baltimore: Publishamerica, LLLP, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-60749-753-0.
12.01.03, Davis, Henry of Blois | Munns | The Medieval Review

David Knowles. The Episcopal Colleagues of Archbishop Thomas Becket: Being the Ford Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford in Hilary Term, 1949. Cambridge University Press. pp. 34–. ISBN 978-0-521-05493-5.

Lena Voss (1931). Heinrich von Blois Bischof von Winchester (1129-71): Teildruck. Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin.

Henry of Blois, bishop of Winchester

Stephen Hyde Cassan (1827). The Lives of the Bishops of Winchester: From Birinus, the First Bishop of the West Saxons, to the Present Time : in Two Volumes. Containing the lives of the Roman Catholic Bishops. Rivington. pp. 147–.

Dom David Knowles (2004). The Monastic Order in England: A History of Its Development from the Times of St Dunstan to the Fourth Lateran Council 940-1216. Cambridge University Press. pp. 286–. ISBN 978-0-521-54808-3.

William Woolnoth (1816). A graphical illustration of the metropolitan cathedral church of CanterburyT. Cadell and W. Davies. pp. 143–.

David Rollason (14 June 2017). Princes of the Church: Bishops and Their Palaces. Chapter 15: Why So Many Houses?: Taylor & Francis. pp. 195–. ISBN 978-1-351-85941-7.
The following book  suggests that Glastonbury is Avalon. And to show how as abbot of Glastonbury, Henry Blois, used Geoffrey of Monmouth as a nom de plume composing the epic tale from Brutus to Arthur known as the ‘History of the Kings of Britain’ and was responsible for composing the Prophecies of Merlin.

Francis Lot. The Island of Avalon: Volume 1. pp. 420–. ISBN 978-1-326-28003-1.


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