People/Characters: Adam Orleton

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The church and politics in fourteenth-century England : the career of Adam Orleton, c. 1275-1345 by Roy Martin Haines
The Death of a King by P. C. Doherty
Edward II by Harold F. Hutchison
Edward II by Seymour Phillips
The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330 by Ian Mortimer
The Knight and the Rose by Isolde Martyn
The Lily and the Lion by Maurice Druon

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Adam Orleton (c. 1275-1345), English clergyman. We know almost nothing of his early history except that he was a doctor of canon law by 1307. Apparently highly skilled, he served both the clergy and the secular government, and was appointed Bishop of Hereford in 1317. He fell out with King Edward II (reigned 1307-1327) and preached for Edward's deposition. Once Edward was gone, he was translated to be Bishop of Worcester, then in 1333 translated again to the rich bishopric of Winchester. He went blind by about 1340. He has a very bad reputation as a political schemer, but most of this is due to the writings of one chronicler; we know little of his actual character.

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