Henry de Sully (abbot)

For the bishop of Worcester who was also abbot of Glastonbury, see Henry de Sully.
Henry de Sully
Abbot of Fécamp
Other posts Bishop-elect of Salisbury and Archbishop-elect of York
Personal details
Died 1189
Fécamp, Normandy, France
Parents William, count of Chartres and Agnes of Sully

Henry de Sully (died 1189) was a medieval Abbot of Fécamp and Bishop-designate of Salisbury and Archbishop-elect of York.


Henry was the son of William, count of Chartres the eldest brother of King Stephen of England and Henry of Blois, Bishop of Winchester.[1] Henry's mother was William's wife Agnes who had been attached to the household of Adela of Blois, William's mother. Although William was the eldest son of Adela and her husband Stephen II, Count of Blois, he was passed over for the comital title and his younger brother Theobald became Count of Champagne on their father's death.[2]

Henry became a Cluniac monk, and was nominated in March 1140 by Henry of Blois to be Bishop of Salisbury, but the nomination was quashed.[3][4] As compensation, Henry of Blois then named Henry de Sully the abbot of Fécamp Abbey in Normandy.[1] Later in 1140, after his grandmother's death, Henry was nominated to become Archbishop of York,[5] but his election was again quashed this time by Pope Innocent II because Henry wished to hold both the abbacy of Fécamp along with the archbishopric.[6][7] Henry died at Fécamp in 1189.[3]


  1. 1 2 Davis King Stephen p. 97
  2. LoPrete Adela Countess and Lord p. 216
  3. 1 2 British History Online Bishops of Salisbury accessed on 14 September 2007
  4. Davis King Stephen p. 44
  5. British History Online Archbishops of York accessed on 14 September 2007
  6. Huscroft Ruling England 1042–1217 p. 134
  7. Barlow The English Church 1066–1154 p. 96


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Roger of Salisbury
Bishop-designate of Salisbury
(nomination rejected)
Succeeded by
Philip de Harcourt
Preceded by
Abbot of Fécamp
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Archbishop-elect of York
(election quashed)
Succeeded by
William of York
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