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Henry Bowett
(Died 1423)

Bishop of Bath & Wells
Archbishop of York
Died: 20th October 1423


Henry Bowett succeeded to the Archiepiscopal See of York in 1407, after it had been vacant for two and a half years. The Pope, in the man time, had appointed Robert Hallam to the northern primacy; but, finding afterwards that King Henry IV greatly desired the elevation of Bowett, he nominated Hallam to the See of Salisbury and gave the pall to Bowett, who, in 1401, had become Bishop of Bath & Wells. In 1417, during the absence of Henry V in France, the Scots invaded England and sat down before Berwick. The Duke of Exeter marched to the relief of the town and Archbishop Bowett, then very old and feeble, caused himself to be carried into the camp where his addresses are said to have greatly encouraged the English Soldiers. The Scots decamped hastily in the night, leaving behind them their stores and baggage. Bowett was a great lover of hospitality and 80 tuns of claret were consumed annually in his household. He died at Cawood Bishop's Palace and was buried in his cathedral of York Minster.

Edited from Richard John King's "Handbook to the Cathedrals of England: Southern Division" (1903).

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