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Lanfranc of Bec was born in Italy in the early eleventh century, but he lived most of his life in Normandy and England as a monk and prominent man of the church. He was known to his contemporaries as archbishop of Canterbury and adviser to popes and kings, but as a young man he hoped to make his most enduring contribution as a teacher. This introductory chapter examines the brief moment in Lanfranc's life. It provides a small contribution to the larger biography of Lanfranc, which has already been so thoroughly considered in the biographies of Margaret Gibson and H.E.J. Cowdrey.

Keywords: England; Lanfranc; Normandy; teacher



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