Maurice (bishop of London)

Maurice (died 1107) was the third Lord Chancellor and Lord Keeper of England, as well as Bishop of London.

Bishop of London
Appointed25 December 1085
Term ended26 September 1107
PredecessorHugh d'Orevalle
SuccessorRichard de Beaumis
Other post(s)Archdeacon of Le Mans
Personal details
Died26 September 1107
Lord Chancellor
In office
1078–c. 1085
MonarchWilliam I
Preceded byOsmund
Succeeded byGerard


Maurice was Archdeacon of Le Mans before being named Chancellor in about 1078.[1] He held the office until sometime between 1085 or 1086.[2] He was nominated to the see of London on 25 December 1085 and consecrated in 1086, possibly on 5 April. He died on 26 September 1107[3] with his death being commemorated on 26 September.[1]

In 1087, after a widespread fire, Maurice began rebuilding St Paul's Cathedral, possibly separate from the Anglo-Saxon church. In 1109 the cathedral was used for the consecration of the new archbishop of York, but it was probably not finished until about 1190. It was then one of the largest buildings in medieval England.[4]


  1. ^ a b Greenway Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 1, St. Paul's, London: Bishops
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 83
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 258
  4. ^ John Schofield, St Paul's Cathedral before Wren (2011), 63-4


  • 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.
  • Greenway, Diana E. (1968). "Bishops". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300. Vol. 1, St. Paul's, London. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 28 October 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by Lord Chancellor
1078 – c. 1085
Succeeded by
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of London
Succeeded by