A Colourful Churchman and a Ghostly Tightrope Walker
Posted 23rd May, 2017
In 1237 Thomas Melsonby was elected Bishop by the monks of Durham.
However his appointment was blocked by King Henry III.
The king maintained that Melsonby was unfit for office and accused him of “breaking his vows, being an infringer of the liberties of the church, being diseased in body, and being guilty of the misuse of church funds and selling church favours”.
The king also alleged that Melsonby was born out of wedlock and to cap it all he was guilty of murder.