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St Edmund Rich

(c. 1170—1240)


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(c. 1170–1240).

Archbishop of Canterbury. Born at Abingdon, he studied at Oxford and Paris where he was a renowned teacher of logic (c. 1185–90). As primate (from 1234), he maintained Langton's ideals by resisting both royal and papal power. Differences with king, papacy, and his Canterbury monks were such (1240) that he retired to Pontigny, where he died.

Subjects: British History.


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