Walter de Cantilupe

(c. 1195—1266) bishop of Worcester

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(d. 1266), Bp. of Worcester, and uncle of St Thomas de Cantilupe. He was elected Bishop in 1236, and consecrated by Gregory IX in person in 1237. He supported many of the actions of R. Grosseteste, Bp. of Lincoln; but, despite this, was held to be one of the chief ‘friends of the Pope’ in England. In the war between King and barons (1258–65) he took the barons' side, and this fact is said to have been the only hindrance to his canonization. He was among the greatest figures of his day both as a diocesan bishop and as a national leader.

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