William de Warelwast (d.1137) was a Norman cleric, who was an administrator for William I of England. He became Bishop of Exeter, consecrated in 1107. // Groups BL1137 is the (now defunct) Unix group at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ where Unix and C were invented. ... William I of England (c. ... The Bishop of Exeter is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Exeter in the Province of Canterbury. ...
He acted as an envoy to the Papacy, for William II of England, heading off excommunication for William, and often for Henry I of England William II (c. ... Excommunication is a religious censure used to deprive or suspend membership in a religious community. ... Henry I (circa 1068 â 1 December 1135) was the fourth son of William the Conqueror and the first born in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. ...
In his diocese he started a new cathedral:
But if the history of the see has its birth with Leofric, the story of the cathedral begins with the appointment in 1107 of Warelwast as bishop. This noteworthy man was a nephew of the Conqueror and chaplain to both William II and Henry I. Inheriting to the full the Norman passion for building, he pulled down the Saxon edifice and began to erect a great Norman cathedral in its stead. The transeptal towers attest the magnificence of his scheme. Leofric was a common name in Anglo-Saxon England and may refer to: Leofric, Bishop of Exeter Leofric, Earl of Mercia This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...
^ In 1195, to Pope Urban II, Concise Dictionary of National Biography.
^:William extricated himself from his difficulty with considerable address. He sent two clerks of his chancery to Italy, Gerard, afterwards Bishop of Hereford and Archbishop of York, and William of Warelwast, afterwards Bishop of Exeter. They were instructed to acknowledge Urban, and to obtain from him the pallium. Urban was glad to grant the terms in order to receive acknowledgment from a powerful monarch, and he sent Walter of Albano to England along with William's messengers, as bearer of the pallium.
^ A. L. Poole, Domesday to Magna Carta (2nd edition 1955), p.177.
^ Hume’s History of England: The king, however, seized all the revenues of his see; and sent William de Warelwast to negotiate with Pascal, and to find some means of accommodation in this delicate affair.
A Saxon minster already existing within the town (and dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Peter) was used by Bishop Leofric as his seat, but services were often held out of doors, close to the site of the present cathedral building.
In 1107, WilliamWarelwast, a nephew of William the Conqueror, was appointed to the see, and this was the catalyst for the building of a new cathedral in the Norman style.
Its official foundation was in 1133, after Warelwast's time, but it took many more years to complete.
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