John of Coutances
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John of Coutances
John of Coutances
Bishop of Worcester
Elected January 1196
Term ended September 1198
Predecessor Henry de Sully
Successor Mauger of Worcester
Consecration 20 October 1196
Personal details
Died 24 or 25 September 1198
Denomination Catholic
Previous post Archdeacon of Oxford

John of Coutances was a medieval Bishop of Worcester.

John was a nephew of Walter of Coutances, Bishop of Lincoln and was treasurer of the diocese of Lisieux before his uncle appointed him Archdeacon of Oxford sometime before December 1184. He also was dean of Rouen, and retained the treasurership of Lisieux while archdeacon.[1]

John was elected in January 1196 and consecrated on 20 October 1196. He died on 24 September 1198[2] or on 25 September. His death was commemorated on 24 September.[3]

Peter of Blois was commissioned by a Bishop of Worcester, probably John of Coutances to write a significant anti-Judaic treatise Against the Perfidy of Jews around 1190.[4]

John should not be confused with a different John of Coutances who, in the 11th-12th century, wrote a chronicle of the Church at Coutances, France.


  1. ^ British History Online Archdeacons of Oxford accessed on 3 November 2007
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 279
  3. ^ British History Online Bishops of Worcester accessed on 3 November 2007
  4. ^ "A treatise addressed to John Bishop of Worcester, probably John of Coutances who held that See, 1194-8." Medieval Sourcebook: Peter of Blois: Against the Perfidy of the Jews, before 1198


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