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Morvile, Hugh De

MORVILE, HUGH DE, one of the four English knights who perpetrated the murder of Becket. He appears in the service of Henry II. from 1158. His principal estate was at Burghon-Sands. After the archbishop's murder Hugh and his associates at first took refuge in Knaresborough Castle; afterwards the king sent them to obtain absolution from the pope. The story runs that all four were enjoined to go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, but it is not known whether Hugh made his expiation in this way. The date of his death is unknown, but it was in or before 1202/3, when we find his English lands in the hands of his two daughters as co-heiresses.

See Eyton's Itinerary of Henry II.; Ramsay, Angevin Eng'and.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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