Simon Langham

(d. 1376) administrator, archbishop of Canterbury, and cardinal

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(d. 1376).

Archbishop of Canterbury, chancellor, and curial cardinal. Born in Rutland, Langham entered the Benedictine monastery at Westminster (c.1335), and was successively prior and then abbot (1349), then treasurer of England (1360), bishop of Ely (1362), chancellor (1363), and archbishop (1366–8). After a brief spell as archbishop, Edward III forced him to resign, whereupon he accepted a cardinalate without royal permission, thus becoming a valued diplomat in the papal curia at Avignon (1368). When the Canterbury monks re‐elected him archbishop (1374), the pope would not spare him.

Subjects: British History.

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