The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Diocesan Politics in the See of Worcester 1218–1266

a1 Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW; e-mail:

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The two bishops of Worcester between 1218 and 1266, William of Blois and Walter de Cantilupe, were in many ways very similar. Both were dedicated reformers, who made use of the cathedral chapter's churches for their own households for example. Yet their relationships with the monastic chapter of Worcester were very different. William's episcopate was marked by acrimony and dispute, Walter's by harmony and assent. The reasons for these differences are complex but include the personalities and backgrounds of the bishops, the chapter's growing awareness of the limitations of monastic chapters for bishops' patronage and political changes within England.