William fitz Stephen
- A. J. Duggan
William fitz Stephen (fl. 1162–1174), biographer of Thomas, was a clerk for whose life his own Vita sancti Thome is the only reliable source. William describes himself as a fellow citizen of the archbishop, whom between 1162 and 1164 he served principally as a legal expert, drafting letters in his chancery, reading the documents and sometimes presenting cases in his court, and acting as subdeacon in his chapel when he celebrated mass. He was with ...