Antony Bek (bishop of Durham)

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Antony Bek (also spelled Beck and Beke; born c.1245, died 3 March 1311) was a bishop of Durham and the Patriarch of Jerusalem.

This article is about the Prince Bishop of Durham. For his kinsman and namesake, see Antony Bek (bishop of Norwich).
13th and 14th-century Bishop of Durham

Antony Bek
Patriarch of Jerusalem

Arms of Antony Bek, Bishop of Durham: Gules, a cross moline (also recerclée) ermine, as blazoned in the Gelre Roll of Arms and the Falkirk Roll of c.1298, listing the knights who fought with King Edward I at the Battle of Falkirk. They appear on his seal and on Episcopal Durham Penny coins minted by him at Durham.[1] These arms are a difference of his paternal arms: Gules, a cross moline (recerclée) argent[2]
Elected 9 July 1283
Installed 25 December 1285
Term ended 3 March 1311
Predecessor Robert of Holy Island
Successor Richard Kellaw
Other post(s) Archdeacon of Durham
Consecration 9 January 1284
by Archbishop Willaim Wickwane
Personal details
Died 3 March 1311
Buried 3 May 1311
Durham Cathedral
Denomination Roman Catholic
Ordination history of
Antony Bek
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator William Wickwane
Co-consecrators Oliver Sutton, Robert Burnell, John of Pontoise, William Middleton, Ralph Ireton, C.R.S.A., Henry of Whithorn-Galloway, and Thomas Beck
Date 9 January 1284
Place York, Archdiocese of York
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Antony Bek as principal consecrator
John of Halton, C.R.S.A. 14 September 1292
William Hotham, O.P. ?? ???? 1297
Henry Newark 15 June 1298

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Bek and his elder brother Thomas Bek were members of a family of knights.[3] Their father was Walter Bek, who held lands at Eresby in Lincolnshire.[4] Another brother was John Beke, 1st Baron Beke of Eresby, who held the family lands in Eresby.[5] Walter had married Eve, the niece of Walter de Gray, Archbishop of York.[6] Bek was born about 1245 and was Walter’s third son.[4] Both Thomas and Antony were educated at Oxford University, where they studied from 1267 to 1270.[4]

Having entered the clergy, Bek received several benefices and soon attracted the attention of the Lord Edward,[7] 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.[8] Bek accompanied Edward when the prince went on Crusade in 1270.[9] When Edward returned from crusading, he appointed Bek to the office of Keeper of the wardrobe on 21 September 1274,[10] but Bek held the office for only about a month, and was replaced in October with his brother Thomas Bek.[11] Edward named Bek the constable of the Tower of London in 1275.[4] In November 1277 Bek was one of the councillors sent by Edward to negotiate with Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Prince of Wales. The result was the Treaty of Aberconwy which required Llywelyn to give up hostages, pay a large fine, give up claims to some lands and pay homage to King Edward.[12] Bek was also sent to Aragon to negotiate the marriage of Edward’s daughter Eleanor to the heir of Aragon, Alfonso.[13]

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