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Gerard
(Died 1108)

Bishop of Hereford
Archbishop of York
Died: 21st May 1108


Gerard was the nephew of Walkelin, Bishop of Winchester, and therefore a relative of the Conqueror. He was was translated from the See of Hereford to York in 1101. In the long disputes between Anselm and King Henry I, Gerard took the side of the King, and it was, perhaps, for this reason, among others, that he was no favourite with the chroniclers. He is said to have been "deceitful and of evil life;" and, when he died in the garden of his palace at Southwell, on his way to London, his sudden death was recorded as a judgement. The Canons would not inter his corpse within York Minster, though it was afterwards buried there by his successor in the see.

Edited from Richard John King's "Handbook to the Cathedrals of England: Northern Division" (1903).

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