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Richard Talbot

(c. 1395—1449) archbishop of Dublin and administrator


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(d. 1449), archbishop of Dublin 1418–49. Younger brother of John Talbot and previously dean of Chichester, Richard Talbot was more prominent in royal government in Ireland than any other late medieval archbishop of Dublin. He served three deputy lieutenancies (1419–20, 1435–7, 1447–8), five justiciarships (1420, 1422–3, 1430–1, 1437–8, 1445–6), and was twice chancellor (1423–6, 1427–31). A protagonist in the Talbot–Ormond feud, he is best known for the charges of misgovernment he made in England against James, 4th earl of Ormond, after the latter's third appointment as lieutenant in February 1442. Before returning to Ireland, Talbot was reappointed chancellor in August, but counter-charges in Ireland in November deprived him of office. He retaliated in 1445 by ousting Ormond's deputy.

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From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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