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archbishops

John Cannon and Robert Crowcroft

in A Dictionary of British History

Third edition


Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191758027

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are, literally, chief bishops. By the 5th cent. ad the title was applied to the occupants of sees of major ecclesiastical importance, particularly those of metropolitan bishops. This designation originated in the bishop of the principal city of a district or division of a country, the ...

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Subjects: British History

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