Episcopal Reluctance: Lanfranc's Resignation Reconsidered *

@article{Ruud1987EpiscopalRL,
  title={Episcopal Reluctance: Lanfranc's Resignation Reconsidered *},
  author={Marylou Ruud},
  journal={Albion},
  year={1987},
  volume={19},
  pages={163-175}
}
On 29 August 1070, the Norman monk, Lanfranc, was consecrated archbishop of Canterbury despite having recoiled at the prospect when informed of his appointment earlier that year. His alleged reluctance to undertake the business of the English Church is well known and accepted by Anglo-Norman historians. And the account that his compliance was forced only through the united persuasion of the king, the queen, his former abbot, Herluin of Bee, and the papal legate, Erminfrid of Sion, adds an… 
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