Bishop, royal envoy; b. Catterick, Yorkshire; d. Florence, Dec. 28, 1419. He graduated bachelor of Canon and Civil Law and licentiate of Canon Law at Oxford by 1406. After having held many benefices, mostly in the Diocese of Lincoln, he was papally provided to the bishopric of saint david's, April 27, 1414. He was translated to coventry and lichfield by papal bull on Feb. 1, 1415, and then to exeter, Nov. 20, 1419. He was chancellor to Cardinal Henry beaufort, and later served Kings Henry IV and Henry V as a diplomat in France and Burgundy from 1405 to 1411 and in 1416. On May 22, 1414, he was appointed the king's proctor at Rome. In October 1414 he was an envoy to the Council of constance, and headed the English delegation there from April to May 1415, and again from Sept. 24, 1416, to the end of the Council. He left Constance with martin V and remained at the Curia until his death.
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