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Canterbury, John of [John Bellesmains]locked

(c. 1120–1204?)
  • 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 ...

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