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Osbern FitzOsbern
(c. 1027-1103)

Born: circa 1027
Bishop of Exeter
Died: 1103

Osbern FitzOsbern, a Norman by birth and brother of Earl William of Hereford, succeeded Leofric as Bishop of Exeter in 1072. He had, however, been brought up in England in the family of King Edward the Confessor, his second cousin. His habits and modes of life were consequently nearer allied to those of the English than to the " pomp" of the Normans. He followed in all things the "customs" of his former lord, King Edward. Content, after the fashion of the ancient bishops, with the old and venerable buildings, he cared little for erecting others, such as the newly appointed Norman prelates were raising on all sides. Hence he was greatly beloved by the people and was, says Malmesbury, "held to be generous in disposition and altogether undefiled in his body." He died, blind, in 1103, after which the See of Exeter remained vacant for nearly four years.

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

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