Richard Palmer (died 1190 , Messina ) - an Englishman by birth, a prominent statesman of the Sicilian kingdom , successively bishop of Syracuse ( 1169 - 1182 ), archbishop of Messina (since 1182 ).
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In 1154, Richard Palmer was elected bishop of Syracuse, although he was consecrated only in 1169. On March 11, 1161, Richard, Romuald Salernsky and other bishops called on the inhabitants of Palermo to release William I the Evil , captured in his own palace by the conspirators. After that, Palmer’s influence grew steadily. Hugo Falkand points out that Palmer was one of the three closest advisers to King William I until the death of the latter ( 1166 ).
In the early years of Margarita of Navarre's regency, Richard Palmer was first ousted from power by Peter Qaeda , and after the latter's flight, Stephen du Perche , a relative of the Queen. Moreover, Stephen du Persh was consecrated Archbishop of Palermo, although Palmer sought this department. After the exile of Stephen du Persha ( 1168 ), Palmer regained its former influence at court. In 1169, fifteen years after his election, he was consecrated bishop of Syracuse, and in 1182 he became archbishop of Messina. Palmer carried out various diplomatic missions of William II the Good , including negotiating with Pope Alexander III about the king’s upcoming marriage with John of England ( 1170 ), and then on behalf of the Sicilian Kingdom met John in Saint-Gilles ( 1176 ).
Richard Palmer died in 1190 in Messina and was buried in the cathedral of this city.
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