William Warelwast (died 1137) was a medieval Norman cleric and Bishop of
Exeter in England. Warelwast was a native of Normandy, but little is
known about his background before 1087, when he appears as a royal clerk
for King William II of England. Most of his royal service to William
was as a diplomatic envoy, as he was heavily involved in the king's
dispute with Anselm, the Archbishop of Canterbury, which was the
beginning of the Investiture Controversy in England. He went several
times to Rome as an emissary to the papacy on business related to
Anselm, one of whose supporters, the medieval chronicler Eadmer, alleged
that Warelwast bribed the pope and the papal officials to secure
favourable outcomes for King William. Possibly present at King William's
death in a hunting accident, Warelwast served as a diplomat to the
king's successor, Henry I. After the resolution of the Investiture
Controversy Warelwast was rewarded with the bishopric of Exeter in
Devon, but he continued to serve Henry as a diplomat and royal judge. He
began the construction of a new cathedral at Exeter, and he probably
divided the diocese into archdeaconries. Warelwast went blind after
1120, and following his death in 1137 was succeeded by his nephew,
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