Adam Moleyns

Adam Moleyns[a] (died 9 January 1450) was an English bishop, lawyer, royal administrator and diplomat. During the minority of Henry VI of England, he was clerk of the ruling council of the Regent.[1]

Adam Moleyns
Bishop of Chichester
Appointed24 September 1445
Term ended9 January 1450
PredecessorRichard Praty
SuccessorReginald Pecock
Other postsLord Privy Seal (1444–1450)
Dean of Salisbury & Archdeacon of Taunton (1441–1445)
Archdeacon of Salisbury (1440–1441)
Consecration6 February 1446
Personal details
Died9 January 1450


Moleyns had the living of Kempsey from 1433.[2] He was Dean of Salisbury from 1441 to 1446. He became bishop of Chichester on 24 September 1445, and was consecrated bishop on 6 February 1446.[3] He was Lord Privy Seal in 1444,[4] at the same time that he was Protonotary of the Holy See. In 1447 he had permission to fortify the manor house at Bexhill.[5]

An active partisan of the unpopular William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, Moleyns was lynched in Portsmouth by discontented unpaid soldiers on 9 January 1450.[3][6]

Moleyns was a correspondent of the humanist Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, Pope Pius II, who complimented him in a letter of 29 May 1444: "And I congratulate you and England, since you care for the art of rhetoric".[7] In 1926 George Warner attributed The Libelle of Englyshe Polycye (1435–38) to Moleyns but this theory was partly based on Warner's mistaken identification of Adam Moleyns as a member of the family’s Lancashire branch.[8] The theory of Moleyns' authorship of the poem is now rejected by most historians and scholars.[9]


  1. ^ Or Adam Molyens, Adam Molens, Adam Molins, Adam Molyneaux, Adam Molyneux, Adam de Moleyns


  1. ^ Paleography Exercises A document of Adam Moleyns accessed on 25 August 2007
  2. ^ Priests of Kempsey accessed on 25 August 2007. Archived 2009-10-24.
  3. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 239
  4. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 95
  5. ^ Bexhill Museum The History Of Bexhill Archived October 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine accessed on 25 August 2007
  6. ^ Michael Miller The Wars of the Roses chapter 37 accessed on 25 August 2007;Steven Muhlberger Beginning of the Wars of the Roses Archived July 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine accessed on 25 August 2007;The Royal Garrison Church accessed on 25 August 2007
  7. ^ Alessandra Petrina, Cultural Politics in Fifteenth-Century England: The Case of 2004:216 and note
  8. ^ Holmes, G.A. (1961). "The Libel of English Policy". English Historical Review. 76: 193–216. doi:10.1093/ehr/lxxvi.ccxcix.193.
  9. ^ Smith "Moleyns, Adam (d. 1450)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Further reading

  • Reeves, A.C., Lancastrian Englishmen (Washington: University Press of America) 1981. One of five fifteenth-century careers outlined through documents.
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Beckington
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
Andrew Holes
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Richard Praty
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Reginald Pecock
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The bishop's residence is The Palace, Chichester. Since 2015, Warner has also fulfilled the diocesan-wide role of alternative episcopal oversight, following the decision by Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham, to recognise the orders of priests and bishops who are women.

From 1984 to 2013, the Bishop, in addition to being the diocesan, also had specific oversight of the Chichester Episcopal Area (the Archdeaconry of Chichester), which covered the coastal region of West Sussex along with Brighton and Hove.

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Moleyns may refer to:

Adam Moleyns (died 1450), English bishop, lawyer, royal administrator and diplomat

Baron Moleyns, a title in the Peerage of England created in 1455 and merged with Baron Hungerford

Thomas Moleyns, Member of Parliament

William Moleyns (1378–1425), English politician, member of the Parliament of England

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William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, (16 October 1396 – 2 May 1450), nicknamed Jackanapes, was an English magnate, statesman, and military commander during the Hundred Years' War. He became a favourite of the weak king Henry VI of England, and consequently a leading figure in the English government. Due to his influence in state policy, Suffolk came to be associated with many of the royal government's failures of the time, particularly on the war in France, earning him significant unpopularity and eventually leading to his downfall. He also appears prominently in Shakespeare's Henry VI, parts 1 and 2.

His early career was spent in the military, fighting in the Hundred Years' War from a young age. Despite missing the Battle of Agincourt due to invalidity, he participated in all subsequent campaigns of Henry V, and after the latter's death, Suffolk continued to serve in France, now for the boy king Henry VI. He was one of the English commanders at the failed Siege of Orléans, in the aftermath of which he was taken prisoner (1429). Ransomed shortly after, Suffolk began entering the world of politics. He favoured a diplomatic rather than military solution to the deteriorating situation in France, a stance which would later resonate well with King Henry VI.

Following the end of Henry VI's minority (1437), Suffolk became a favoured royal councilor. Gradually building his influence throughout the years, he eventually became the dominant figure in the government, and was at the forefront of the main policies conducted during the period. He played a central role in organizing the Treaty of Tours (1444), which established a truce in France and arranged the king's marriage to Margaret of Anjou. Suffolk benefited greatly from his favour with Henry VI, accumulating lucrative posts, estates, and titles. However, the ultimate failure of his policies, the disastrous renewal of the war in France, and other national problems spelt the destruction of Suffolk's career. Many accused him of maladministration and poor conduct of the war, and political pressures forced Suffolk into exile. At the sea on his way out, he was caught by an angry mob, subjected to a mock trial, and beheaded.

His estates were forfeited to the crown but later restored to his only son, John. The de la Pole family was never again to achieve the level of influence Suffolk had enjoyed, however. His political successor was instead the Duke of Somerset, whose enmity with various noblemen, combined with the unstable political climate following the final loss in the Hundred Years' War, led to the Wars of the Roses.

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