Bishop Odo

Bishop Odo

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Storyboard of King William's half-brother.

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  • Bishop Odo fought alongside his half-brother, William Duke of Normandy: they had the same mother, Herleva. In 1049, King William had made Odo the Bishop of Bayeux even though his reputation was poor. Odo was a major supporter of William's invasion and had contributed 100 ships to William's fleet and fought in the battle of Hastings.
  • The Domesday Book records pages after page of complaints against Odo for illegally seizing land, this includes Church land of Canterbury. In the end, it was Lanfranc who took the Church complaints against Odo to William and after a three-day inquiry in 1076 forced Odo hand back the land. Odo was sent by King William to Northumberland in 1079 following attacks from Scotland and the murder of the Bishop of Durham, nevertheless Odo laid waste to the region and even pillaged cathedral treasures, robbed and extorted anyone he could.
  • I said give me your land! I don't care if you think it's illegal I want it!
  • ur a meanie! no.
  • Oopsie whoopsie he ded lmao
  • Odo was co-regent to William's first absence in 1067. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle says: "Bishop Odo and Earl William [FitzOsbern] stayed behind and built castles far and wide throughout this country, and distressed the wretched folk, and always after that it grew much worse". The Domesday book shows him settling land disputes himself, and Orderic describes him as 'dreaded by Englishmen everywhere, and able to dispense justice like a second king'. In general, stating that Odo had too much power, used it to his advantages and as a result of this he was hated by the community/population of early modern England.
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