Richard archbishop of Canterbury, was by birth a Norman. Very little is known of his early life. When the primary education of Richard was finished he was received into the monastery of Christ Church, Canterbury, and his manner being noticed by archbishop Theobald, he selected him to be one of his chaplains. Richard's first preferment was to the place of prior, in the monastery of St. Martin, Dover, in 1140. He was consecrated to the see of Canterbury, April 7, 1174, at Anagni, and "a more amiable man than archbishop Richard never sat in the chair of Augustine." In 1176 he was sent to Normandy, to arrange a marriage between the princess Joanna and William, king of Sicily. Ten years after he was seized with a violent chill when making a journey to Rochester, and died while there, February 16, 1184. See Hook, Lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 2:508 sq.