Canterbury, John of [John Bellesmains]
- Jean Dunbabin
Canterbury, John of [John Bellesmains] (c. 1120–1204?), archbishop of Lyons, was born in Canterbury. His sobriquet, Bellesmains (‘Fair Hands’), a common nickname in the twelfth century, gave rise to the mistaken belief that he was a member of the ecclesiastically important Belmeis family; in fact his family was connected with tenants of the archbishop of ...