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Vol. 5 1915

Anian of Nanneu, O.F.P. : Prior of Rhuddlan, Bishop of St. Asaph, 1268-1293.

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of his wholesome judgment that, though he knew how to
use adroitly the political difficulties of his prince to the
advantage of his diocese, he was able to remain a loyal
friend of his own people, and also of Llewelyn until his
death, if we except the years 1274-6, without forfeiting the
useful friendship of the English king for more than the
acute period of stress 1262-4. One is glad for the sake of
his loyalty to his own people that he did not manage to
"trim" more perfectly. Among patriotic Welsh clergy, he
can hold an honourable place.
Note.-Perhaps it is not altogether inappropriate here
to recall the fact that an effigy of a bishop in St. Asaph
cathedral, without inscription, that has sometimes been
conjectured to represent Bishop Anian, was assigned to
the second half of the fourteenth century by Mr. M. H.
Bloxam, many years ago. (Arch. Camb. 1879, p, 111),
Anian's seal is now in the British Museum (Seal No. E.
35), and describes him as "frater Anianus." (B.M. Cat. of
Seals, I., p. 338.)
Besides those named on p. 1, n. 1, and some volumes of
Archaeologia Cambrensis, the following have been consulted:
Stubbs, Registrum Sacrum Anglicanum; Le Neve, Fasti
Ecclesiae Anglicanae; Godwin, De Praesulibus Angliae
Commentarius (1616); Wharton, De Episcopis Assavensibus
1 I desire to acknowledge gratefully much help and kindness I have
received from Professor J. B. Lloyd in the preparation of this paper and in
the final revision for the press. For any errors it may contain, however, I
alone am responsible.
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