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'If the king had asked for an ass, he would have received his wish, this time: a study of the career of Thomas de Hatfield, bishop of Durham (1345-1381), as a royal servant, 1336-1357.

  title={'If the king had asked for an ass, he would have received his wish, this time: a study of the career of Thomas de Hatfield, bishop of Durham (1345-1381), as a royal servant, 1336-1357.},
  author={Nicholas Barker},
This was the reported reply of Pope Clement VI to his cardinals, after they had expressed reservations regarding Thomas de Hatfield's provision to the see of Durham in 1345. Whilst the authenticity of such a comment is clearly doubtfial, it does provide a useful starting point from which to study Thomas de Hatfield's rise to Edward III's episcopate, and then assess his achievements up until 1357. Through a career in royal administration, Hatfield followed the typical path to the English… Expand


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