rom an architect and surveyor for Edward III, to the Bishop of Winchester, and the founder of New College, Oxford, William of Wykeham had a varied and distinguished life. Although not taught in religious ways, Wykeham gained his positions in the church as reward for his service to the King. His architectural achievements included the conversion of Winchester Cathedral from Norman to Perpendicular, and the reconstruction of Windsor Castle. Other buildings he worked on include Abingdon Abbey in 1375 and Corfe Castle a couple of years after.
William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and chancellor, asked for supplies for war. Parliament petitioned the king to stop the practice of ecclesiastics having positions of power and not being liable to account for their actions, and that non-clerical laymen should replaced them. An important supporter of this action was John of Gaunt.
William of Wykeham the Bishop of Winchester died in this year. He was replaced by Henry Beaufort. ¹
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Selection of references used:
1. A.R.Myers, England in the late middle Ages
2. Richard Cavendish, Kings and Queens The Concise Guide, ISBN:978-0-7153-2376-2