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Edmund Lacey
(died 1455)

Bishop of Exeter
Died: 18th September 1455 at Chudleigh, Devon

Edmund Lacey, in spite of much contention with the City of Exeter on account of the liberties of his Cathedral, died in such an odour of sanctity, that numerous miracles were said to have taken place at his tomb, to which "the common people" resorted much in pilgrimage. It remains on the north side of the choir. Lacey was the only one of the Bishops of Exeter to whom any reputation of unusual sanctity was attached after death. During his episcopate, King Henry VI was entertained for eight days (July 1151) in his palace at Exeter, and held a "gaol delivery" in the Bishop's hall. Two men were condemned, but were released on the remonstrances of the Bishop and clergy, who protested against the King's exercise of temporal authority within the sanctuary of the Church. The Liber Pontifficalis of Bishop Lacey, an interesting and important miscellany, still preserved among the treasures of his Cathedral.

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

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