Philip de Harcourt

Philip de Harcourt
Bishop of Bayeux
Appointed 1142
Term ended 1163
Other posts Bishop of Salisbury-elect
Dean of Lincoln
Personal details
Denomination Catholic

Philip de Harcourt was a medieval Lord Chancellor of England and Bishop of Bayeux. He was unsuccessfully elected as the Bishop of Salisbury.


De Harcourt was the son of Robert who was the son of Anschetil, lord of Harcourt, Eure in France.[1] He was the dean of the collegiate church at Beaumont-le-Roger in Normandy by 1131 before being appointed Dean of Lincoln about 1133.[2] During this time he appears to have been made a Prebendary of Aylesbury. He was also archdeacon of Évreux as well.[2] He was Lord Chancellor for King Stephen of England from 1139 to 1140, resigning probably in March.[3] Philip was a partisan of Waleran, Count of Meulan.[2]

In March 1140 de Harcourt was nominated to the Bishopric of Salisbury but the election was quashed in 1141.[4][5] He was nominated by King Stephen with the advice of Waleran of Melun, but Philip's election was opposed by Henry of Blois, bishop of Winchester who was also the papal legate in England and Stephen's brother. Philip appealed to Pope Innocent II but was refused.[1]

In 1142 de Harcourt was named Bishop of Bayeux, an office he held until 1163.[3][5]


  1. 1 2 British History Online Bishops of Salisbury accessed on October 30, 2007
  2. 1 2 3 British History Online Deans of Lincoln accessed on October 30, 2007
  3. 1 2 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 82
  4. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 270
  5. 1 2 Spear "Norman Empire" Journal of British Studies p. 2


Political offices
Preceded by
Roger le Poer
Lord Chancellor
Succeeded by
Robert of Ghent
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Henry de Sully
Bishop of Salisbury
election quashed

Succeeded by
Josceline de Bohon
Preceded by
Bishop of Bayeux
Succeeded by
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