Bp. of London from 996 to 1002, and Abp. of York from 1002. (He held the see of Worcester as well as that of York from 1002 to 1016.) He was a prominent royal counsellor and a distinguished writer in Old English. His many homilies are practical expositions of essential doctrine; his ‘Institutes of Polity, Civil and Ecclesiastical’ is mainly concerned with the duties of the different ranks and classes of society. He composed much of the legislation issued after 1008 by Kings Ethelred II and Canute and drafted or influenced various private law-codes.
Subjects: Christianity — Literature.