Antony Bek (bishop of Durham)

Antony Bek (Bishop Of Durham)

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Antony Bek (also spelled Beck; died 3 March 1311) was a medieval Prince Bishop of Durham.

Early life

Bek and his elder brother Thomas Bek were members of a family of knights.Prestwich Edward Ip. 138 Their father was Walter Bek, who held lands at Ersby in Lincolnshire.Fraser "Bek, Antony (I) (c.1245–1311)" Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyPowell House of Lords p. 227 footnote 39 Walter had married Eve, the niece of Walter de Gray, Archbishop of York.Cokayne Complete Peerage Volume II p. 89

Both Thomas and Antony were educated at Oxford University, where they studied from 1267 to 1270. Having entered the clergy, Bek received several benefices and soon attracted the attention of Prince Edward, the heir of King Henry III of England. He was Archdeacon of Durham by 1275, as well as precentor of York and held prebends at Lichfield, London, and Wells.Prestwich Edward I p. 69 When Edward returned from crusading, he appointed Bek to the office of Keeper of the wardrobe on 21 September...
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