John de Gray (died 1214) was a medieval English Bishop of Norwich. He
was employed in the service of King John even before the coronation, for
which de Gray was rewarded with various ecclesiastical offices,
culminating in his pro forma election to Norwich in 1200. He continued
in royal service after his elevation to the episcopate, lending John
money and undertaking diplomatic missions on his behalf. In 1205 John
attempted to further reward de Gray by making him Archbishop of
Canterbury, but a disputed election process led to de Gray's selection
being quashed by Pope Innocent III in 1206. Stephen Langton was
consecrated as archbishop against John's wishes, triggering a long
dispute with the papacy. The pope imposed various sanctions on England
and John. In 1209 de Gray became governor of Ireland for John, and spent
until 1213 attempting to impose royal government there on the Anglo-
Norman barons and the native Irish. He travelled to Rome to secure a
papal pardon after the final settlement of the dispute with John. After
the pardon, de Gray was appointed Bishop of Durham, but he died on his
way back to England.
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