We all know that Exeter was an important religious centre in the Middle Ages. And many of us are aware of the part played by Exeter’s first bishop, Leofric (1046/50-1072), in establishing the see’s prominence. Far less famous, however, is another element of Leofric’s episcopate: the numerous forged documents produced under his oversight. This lecture examines these texts, asking what Leofric hoped to achieve by forgery and how he might have justified his actions. It also places these documents their wider British and European context, showing that they were part of a wider set of developments in the eleventh century.
FREE. Chapter House at 19.00