Ralph of Escures

Ralph Of Escures archbishop of Canterbury, was eminent for his literary attainments and for his surpassing affability. The year of his birth is unknown. He was yet very young when he joined his father at St. Martins and became a monk in 1079. In 1089 he served the offices of sub-prior and prior, and in the same year was elected abbot. He remained abbot of Sdez, France, for sixteen years. He became bishop of Rochester in 1108, and was elected to the see of Canterbury April 26, 1114, where he remained until his death, October 20, 1122. See Hook, Lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 2:278 sq.

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