Hugo of Nonant

Hugo of Nonant an English divine, was born at Nonant, in, Normandy, in the first half of the 12th century, and was educated at Oxford University. About 1173 he became archdeacon of Lisieux, and, towards 1185, bishop of Coventry. He was the Romish legate to England during the administration of the bishops of Durham and of Ely, in the absence of Richard to the East, and his influence caused the removal of these bishops in 1191. Only three years later he was himself driven from his see, but he was permitted in 1195 to return again, on paying a fine of 5000 marks silver to the royal treasury. He died in April 1198, during a voyage, or more probably, while in exile a second time. The recital of the disgrace of the bishop of Ely was written down by Hugo, and has been' published by Roger of Hoveden (Script. Rer. Ang. p. 702). It is a very violent pamphlet. — Hist. Litt. de la France, 15; — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé, 25, 447.

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