Stratford, John

Stratford, John, archbishop of Canterbury, and earlier bishop of Winchester, was born at Stratford, Warwickshire, England, He was raised to the archbishopric in 1333, and died in 1348. He was arraigned on a charge of high treason in the malversation of subsidies levied for the French war. The archbishop fled from Lambeth, and at Canterbury excommunicated his accusers, the king's councillors. He returned to London, shrouding himself under the privileges of Parliament, was forced to submit to an investigation before a jury of his peers, and the quarrel was settled by an amicable intervention. Stratford was a very charitable man and a lenient governor. See Collier, Eccles. Hist. 3, 63-107.

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