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William Bruere
(died 1244)

Bishop of Exeter
Died: 24th November 1244

William Bruere, Bishop of Exeter, was one of those high-born and warlike prelates who were at least as well skilled in flinging a lance as in the use of the mass-book. He was son of Sir William de Bruere, founder of the great Abbeys of Tor and Hartland in Devonshire and one of Henry III's chief counsellors. Thus he was appointed precentor at Exeter Cathedral and elected its Bishop in 1223. Together with Peter de Rupibus, the powerful Bishop of Winchester, Bishop Bruere led the body of English crusaders who were present at Acre in the 1228, when the Emperor Frederick II concluded his treaty with Sultan Kameel. After his return in 1235, Bruere was appointed to convey the Princess Isabella, sister of Henry III, to Worms where her marriage was celebrated with the same famous Emperor. In his own Church of Exeter, he founded the deanery and, it is said, created twenty-four prebendaries.

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

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