John of Oxford

John of Oxford
Bishop of Norwich
Elected 26 November 1175
Term ended 2 June 1200
Predecessor William de Turbeville
Successor John de Gray
Other posts Dean of Salisbury
Consecration 14 December 1175
Personal details
Died 2 June 1200
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic

John of Oxford (died 2 June 1200) was a medieval Bishop of Norwich.

John's father was Henry of Oxford, sheriff of Oxford. He was a royal clerk and represented King Henry II at a diet held in May 1165 at Würzburg that dealt with the issue of the Antipope Paschal III. Some reports held that John supported the antipope on behalf of Henry II, but John denied this charge. Bishop Josceline de Bohon of Salisbury appointed John Dean of Salisbury, but the appointment was overruled by Pope Alexander III on 8 June 1166 because of John's dealings with the antipope and because some of the cathedral chapter were absent from the election. Archbishop Thomas Becket then excommunicated John on 12 June 1166, and both the chapter and the king appealed to the pope, the king sending John to Rome. John then surrendered the office to the pope and was reappointed by the pope before December 1166.[1]

John was elected to the see of Norwich on 26 November 1175 and was consecrated on 14 December 1175. He died on 2 June 1200.[2][3]


  1. British History Online Deans of Salisbury accessed on 29 October 2007
  2. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 261
  3. British History Online Bishops of Norwich accessed on 29 October 2007


Religious titles
Preceded by
William de Turbeville
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
John de Gray
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