Lionel Woodville

Lionel Woodville (1447 – 23 June 1484) was a Bishop of Salisbury in England.

Lionel Woodville
Bishop of Salisbury
Appointed7 January 1482
Term endedc. 23 June1484
PredecessorRichard Beauchamp
SuccessorThomas Langton
Consecration21 April 1482
by Thomas Cardinal Bourchier
Personal details
Bornc. 1446
Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire, Kingdom of England
Diedc. 23 June 1484, c. 38 years old
Coat of armsLionel Woodville's coat of arms


Woodville was a fourth son of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxembourg; his siblings included Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Consort from 1464 to 1483.

In the late 1470s, Woodville became the first person in recorded history to receive an honorary degree (DCL), from the University of Oxford.[1] He was Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1479–1483.

After a number of more minor clerical positions, Woodville was elected Dean of Exeter in November 1478, and held the position until 1482, when he became Bishop of Salisbury.[2] He was nominated to Salisbury on 7 January 1482 and consecrated on 21 April 1482.[3]

Woodville died about 23 June 1484.[3]


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  2. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas: CP 40/887, in 1484, {Latin} first defendant, surname as 'Wydevill', in the top entry, in a case of debt; ; {both Oxford & Salisbury are mentioned}
  3. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 271


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Richard Beauchamp
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Thomas Langton
Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Chaundeler
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by
William Dudley