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Haymo of Faversham

d.1244. English Franciscan. Born at Faversham, Kent, he became a Master of Divinity at Paris, and entered the Order of Friars Minor (c.1226). Returning to England, he lectured at Oxford before 1229. He was sent as a deputy by the general chapter of his order at Assisi to Pope Gregory IX to seek official explanation of the Rule (1230). Gregory sent him on a mission to Constantinople (1233) to negotiate reunion with the Eastern Church. He took a leading part in the deposition of Elias of Cortona,* and was himself elected provincial of the English province, succeeding Albert of Pisa. In 1240 he was elected fourth general of the Franciscan Order, the only Englishman ever to hold the position. He was called Speculum honestatis. At the request of Innocent IV he revised the ordinals for the Breviarum Romanum (1243- 44). He died at Anagni.