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Robert of Jumièges

Robert of Jumièges (zhümyĕzhˈ) [key], fl. 1037–52, Norman churchman in England, b. Normandy. As abbot of Jumièges he won the favor of Edward (later Edward the Confessor) during Edward's exile in Normandy. He went (1043) to England with the king and received the bishopric of London (1044), becoming archbishop of Canterbury in 1051. A leader of the Norman party of the king, Robert opposed the powerful Earl Godwin and helped send him into exile in 1051. Upon Godwin's return Robert fled to France, was later outlawed by the hostile English, and never succeeded in returning to his see, despite the support of the pope.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.


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