William of Sainte-Mère-Église

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William of Sainte-Mère-Église
Bishop of London
Elected 16 September 1198
Term ended 25 January 1221
Predecessor Richard FitzNeal
Successor Eustace of Fauconberg
Other posts Dean of St Martin le Grand
Personal details
Died 27 March 1224
Denomination Catholic

William of Sainte-Mère-Église (or William de St Mariæ Ecclesiâ or William of Saint Mere Eglise) was a medieval Bishop of London.


William's family originated from Cotentin in Normandy,[1] and he held the prebend of Ealdstreet in the diocese of London as well as being dean of St Martin le Grand in London.[2] He also held a prebend in the diocese of York.[1]

In 1193, William, along with the bishop of Salisbury Hubert Walter, found King Richard I of England where he was being held captive at Ochsenfurt in Germany. He was also named the clerk of the exchequer who was responsible for overseeing the Jewish moneylenders, and worked in Walter's new system of supervision to reduce fraud.[3]

William was elected to the see of London on 16 September 1198 and consecrated on 23 May 1199. He resigned the see on 25 January 1221[4] and retired to the Augustinian priory of St Osyth's.[5] He died on 27 March 1224.[1][4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 1, St. Paul's, London: Bishops
  2. Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 1, St. Paul's, London: Prebendaries: Ealdstreet
  3. Stacey "Walter, Hubert" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 258
  5. Turner "Religious Patronage" Albion p. 12


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Richard FitzNeal
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
Eustace of Fauconberg