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By Christopher Norton

St William of York completed the original contrast of being elected archbishop of York two times and being canonised two times. mostly well-known for his position within the York election dispute and the miracle of Ouse bridge, William emerges from this, the 1st full-length examine dedicated to him, as an important determine within the lifetime of the church in northern England and an attractive personality in his personal correct. William's father, Herbert the Chamberlain, was once a senior authentic within the royal treasury at Winchester who secured William's preliminary preferment at York; the significance of kin connections, fairly after his cousin Stephen grew to become king, types a ordinary subject matter. Dr Norton describes howhe was once early on fascinated with the primacy dispute with Canterbury, and after his father tried to assassinate Henry I, he spent a few years in another country with Archbishop Thurstan. William knew a number of the earliest Yorkshire Cistercians,who have been to that end between his fiercest rivals in the course of his first episcopate, that's the following reconsidered within the gentle of latest facts: he emerges from the affair with a lot better credits, St Bernard with correspondingly much less. Retiring to Winchester after his deposition, he was once elected archbishop a moment time in 1153, yet died the subsequent 12 months amid suspicions of homicide. Miracles at his tomb in 1177 resulted in his veneration as a saint. The publication concludes with the bull of canonisation issued via Pope Honorius III in 1226.

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