Simon Islip

Archbishop of Canterbury, born Islip, near Oxford, England; died Mayfield, 1366. After holding several important ecclesiastical posts he entered the service of Edward III as one of the royal chaplains, and enjoyed the confidence of the king in diplomatic and political matters. Made Archbishop of Canterbury, 1349, he did not hesitate to resist the royal exactions, despite his intimacy with the king, and addressed to Edward a vigorous protest on the subject. He was a munificent benefactor of Oxford and founded a college which was subsequently absorbed by Cardinal Wolsey in his foundation of Christ Church.

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