Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Adam of Evesham

ADAM of Evesham (d. 1191), was a monk of Notre Dame de la Charité-sur-Loire, Nièvre, afterwards joined to Cluny, and became prior of Bermondsey in 1157, and for that monastery he obtained important privileges in 1160 from Henry II. In 1161 he was made abbot of Evesham, where he completed the cloister, finished St. Egwine's shrine, glazed many of the windows, and made an aqueduct. He obtained the right to use episcopal ornaments in 1163, Evesham being the first abbey which obtained the use of the mitre for its abbot. In 1162 he was one of the papal commissioners for delivering the pall to Archbishop Thomas. He died 12 Nov. 1191. According to Leland he was the author of: 1. ‘Exhortatio ad Sacras Virgines Godestovensis Cœnobii.’ 2. ‘De miraculo Eucharistiæ ad Rainaldum.’ 3. ‘Epistolæ.’

[Annal. Monast. i. 49, iii. 440; Chron. Abb. de Evesham (Rolls Ser.), 100, 175; Diceto (Rolls Ser.), i. 307.]

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