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William

Fitzherbert) of York (d.1154. Archbishop of York. Of noble birth, he was a chaplain of King Stephen of England, and by 1114 had become treasurer and canon of York Cathedral. As Stephen's candidate he was elected archbishop in 1142. He was opposed, however, by the Yorkshire Cistercians, whose candidate was the strict Cistercian, Henry Murdac. They attributed his election to simony and royal pressure, and Theobald,* archbishop of Canterbury, refused William consecration. Both sides appealed to Rome. Despite the opposition of [[Bernard of Clairvaux]]* and his whole Cistercian Order, Innocent II cleared the way for William's consecration at Winchester (1143) by Henry, bishop of Winchester, who was the king's brother as well as papal legate. Complaints were renewed against William at the accession of a Cistercian to the papacy. Influenced by Bernard, [[Eugenius III]] suspended William from office in 1147. He was deposed by the Council of Reims (1147) after his supporters burned the