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Savaric FitzGoldwin
(Died 1205)

Bishop of Bath
Bishop of Glastonbury
Died: 8th August 1205


Savaric, son of Goldwin, Archdeacon of Northampton, and a relative of the Emperor Henry VI of Germany, is said to have received the Bishopric of Bath from Richard Coeur de Lion during his detention by the Emperor, in return for many services rendered by him to the Royal captive. The rich Abbey of Glastonbury was added to the see, in consideration of which, the city of Bath was to be resigned to the King. The bishop, who had remained in Germany after Richard's release, as one of the hostages for the full payment of his ransom, styled himself, on his arrival In England, Bishop of "Bath and Glastonbury". He was buried at Bath, where his many wanderings were thus alluded, to in his epitaph, "Hospes erat mundo, per mundum semper eundo, Sic supreme, dies fit sibi prima quies."

Bishop Savaric had maintained a constant warfare with the monks of Glastonbury, who appealed to Rome against the union of their abbey with the bishopric. Adam of Domersham (one of the monks) records how the bishop arrived at Glastonbury on Whit-Sunday, attended by an armed company "non sicut decuit pastorem;" how he broke open the doors of the abbey and church, which had been closed against him, seized the sacred vestments, caused himself to be enthroned in the church and scourged the refractory monks, many of whom were afterwards carried off and imprisoned at Wells!

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

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