Simon Langham

Cardinal, Archbishop of Canterbury, and chancellor of England; born Langham, England; died Avignon, France, 1376. Prior of Westminster Abbey, 1349, Bishop of Ely, 1362, and Archbishop of Canterbury, 1366, in 1368 he was made Cardinal of Saint Sixtus. Because he accepted this dignity without the king's permission, Edward III seized his revenues and declared his see forfeited. Langham resigned the archbishopric, joined Pope Gregory at Avignon, and in 1373 was made Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina. In 1374 he was re-elected to the See of Canterbury, but did not receive permission to return to England until 1376, when he died.

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