Cynesige

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Cynesige (or Kynsige; died 1060) was a medieval Archbishop of York for nine years between 1051 and 1060.

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Cynesige perhaps came from Rutland, as he owned the manor of Tinwell there later in life.Cooper "" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography The Liber Eliensis claimed that he had been born by Caesarian section, but this is most likely a later accretion to his lifestory, added after his death because of efforts to have him declared a saint. The belief was that for an infant to survive a caesarian section was a miracle, and thus a fitting beginning for a future saint.Cooper Last Four Anglo-Saxon Archbishops p. 19

Cynesige had been a royal clerk prior to his appointment to York in 1051,Barlow, Frank, Edward the Confessor p. 105Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 224 although the monks of Peterborough Abbey maintained that he had been a monk in their house. He delayed his visit to Rome to receive his pallium until 1055, when he was given it by Pope Victor II.Barlow English Church 1000–1066 p. 300 During his time as archbishop he consecrated both John and Michael as Bishops of Glasgow sometime after 1055,Walker Harold p. 87...
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