Antony Bek (bishop of Norwich)

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Antony Bek
Bishop of Norwich
Elected 14 March 1337
Term ended 19 December 1343 (death)
Predecessor William Ayermin
Successor William Bateman
Other posts Bishop of Lincoln-elect (1320)
Consecration 30 March 1337
Personal details
Born 1279
Died (1343-12-19)19 December 1343
Denomination Roman Catholic

Antony Bek (also spelled Beck or Beke; 1279 – 19 December 1343) was a medieval Bishop of Norwich.

Bek was elected Bishop of Lincoln on 3 February 1320 but the election was quashed later in the year.[1]

Bek was the chancellor and dean of Lincoln Cathedral and was nominated to Bishop of Norwich by the Pope on 14 March 1337 and consecrated on 30 March 1337.[2] Bek was a quarrelsome man and, after a stormy and tyrannical episcopate,[3] died on 19 December 1343,[2] possibly poisoned by his own servants at the instigation of the monks.[citation needed] He was replaced by Bishop Bateman.

Bek is not to be confused with Antony Bek, Bishop of Durham and Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, his kinsman and namesake.


  1. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 255
  2. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 262
  3. ^ Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bek, Antony s.v." . Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 660.


  • 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.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Dalderby
Bishop of Lincoln-elect
Succeeded by
Henry Burghersh
Preceded by
William Ayermin
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
William Bateman

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