Peter des Roches

(c. 1175—1238) administrator and bishop of Winchester

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(c. 1175–1238).

A cleric from the Touraine, he entered royal service in the 1190s and was rewarded with the bishopric of Winchester in 1205. He remained loyal to the king throughout John's quarrel with the papacy and was appointed justiciar in 1213 and then guardian of the young Henry III in 1216. He was a key figure in the minority government, his military skill helping to win the 1217 battle of Lincoln.

Subjects: British History.

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