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Odo - Bishop of Bayeux

Earl of Kent from 1067 - 1082 when his title of Earl was removed as he was disgraced and imprisoned for planning a military expedition to Italy.  It is recorded that his wealth was gained by extortion and robbery.  Little good is recorded of Odo.  His ambitions were boundless and his morals lax.  He was a patron of learning and the arts. He was also a great architect. He founded the Abbaye de Troarn in 1059 and is likely to have commissioned the celebrated Bayeux tapestry. More certain is his development of the cathedral school in Bayeux.   

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