An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Grosseteste, Robert

(c. 1175-Oct. 1253). Reforming bishop. Very little is known about his early life, except that he had a great interest in science. Later in life he studied theology. On June 17, 1235, he was consecrated Bishop of Lincoln. He held this position until his death. He was conscientious and regular in visiting his diocese, which was a departure from the usual practice of his day. During a visitation of his diocese he deposed those abbots and priors who did not adequately staff the parish churches in their care. He was a Greek scholar and translated the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle. Grosseteste was also a supporter of the Franciscans. His life is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of the church year on Oct. 9.

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