|Bishop of Elmham|
then Bishop of Thetford
|Predecessor||Æthelmær, Bishop of Elmham|
|Successor||William de Beaufeu, Bishop of Thetford|
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
|Monarch||William I of England|
|Preceded by||first in office|
Born in Normandy, Herfast joined William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest of England and was appointed head of the royal writing office after the Battle of Hastings. He was Lord Chancellor of England from 1068 to 1070.
After serving as Lord Chancellor, he was consecrated Bishop of Elmham in 1070, but about 27 May 1072 he moved the see to Thetford, thus becoming Bishop of Thetford. He had a conflict with the Bury St. Edmunds Abbey, and when the case was brought forward, the Archbishop of Canterbury Lanfranc ruled against Herfast.
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 83. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 217 and 243. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
- Greenway, Diana E. (1971). Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300. volume 2: Monastic cathedrals (northern and southern provinces). pp. 55–58.
- Williams, Ann (2000). The English and the Norman Conquest. Ipswich: Boydell Press. p. 46. ISBN 0-85115-708-4.
first Norman Chancellor
| Lord Chancellor
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Elmham
see moved to Thetford
see moved from Elmham
| Bishop of Thetford
1075 – 1084
William de Beaufeu
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