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Robert of Jumieges,
Archbishop of Canterbury

(Died AD 1070)

By birth a Norman, Robert was appointed as Abbot of Jumieges in 1037. When Edward the Confessor was an exile in Normandy, he formed a friendship with Robert, who accompanied him on his return to England and was given the Bishopric of London in 1044.

In 1051, King Edward insisted upon his translation to Canterbury, against the wishes of the Chapter who had already elected Aelfric. The resentment aroused by this was increased by the use which Robert made of his position to inflame the mind of the King against Earl Godwin of Wessex and to promote the interests of foreigners who filled many offices in Church and State. Godwin, however, proved in the end, too strong for Robert, who was obliged to leave the country in 1052 and died at Jumieges in 1070.

Edited from G.M. Bevan's "Portraits of the Archbishops of Canterbury" (1908).


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