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Anthony de Beke, Bishop of Durham

Birthdate: (81)
Death: March 3, 1311 (77-85)
Durham, , England
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Son of Walter de Beke, Lord of Eresby and Eve de Beke
Brother of Sir John de Beke, Lord of Eresby; Robert de Beke; Thomas de Beke, Bishop of St. David's and Margaret de Beke

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A History of Antony Bek, Bishop of Durham 1283-1311

Date of Death 3 March 1311 not 1309?? - " On the death of Antony in 1311, the considerable Bek estates were passed to his brother John's heirs, the Willoughby's but were eventually seized by the Crown after it was revealed that Antony had left huge debts."

"Bek died at Eltham, Kent, on 3 March 1311, and his body was brought back for burial in Durham Cathedral on 3 May, the first to be buried there since the translation of St Cuthbert in 1104. During his life Bek had been remarkable for a charisma (magnanimus) which at various times gained him the friendship of Edward I, a reputation for bravery and exuberant extravagance, and the tentative affirmation by later Durham monks that he was a saint. The Durham chronicler Robert Greystones referred to his chastity, modesty with women, and confident handling of the translated bones of St William of York. The revenues of the bishopric of Durham contributed to his great wealth. On his death his personal effects were valued at 6000 marks (£4000). Edward II reserved for his own use Bek's famous Weardale stud of 240 horses and the pick of his jewels, and later bought from his executors his gold plate for 2075 marks (£1383). He also bought for £500 Bek's campaign tents, consisting of two aulae, three camerae, a chapel, and ten stabuli for destriers, palfreys, sumpters, and other horses."

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March 3, 1311
Age 81
Durham, , England