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Peche, Richardlocked

(d. 1182)
  • M. J. Franklin

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Peche, Richard (d. 1182), bishop of Coventry, was almost certainly the son of Bishop Robert Peche, who occupied that see from 1121 to 1128. He was made archdeacon of Coventry, presumably the most lucrative of the archdeaconries of the see at that time, probably by his father, but there are no certain references to him as archdeacon before about 1140. There were obviously objections to his elevation in 1161, as the son of a priest, to the episcopate; indeed, in a famous passage concerning him, written near the end of the twelfth century, the chronicler ...

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