Pandulf (pănˈdŭlfˌ) [key], Ital. Pandolfo, d. 1226, Italian churchman. He was first sent to England in 1211 by Pope Innocent III on an unsuccessful mission to settle the pope's dispute with King John. In 1213 he again went to England as papal legate to receive John's submission to the pope, and the next year he collected papal revenues in England. After being superseded in 1214 for a short time, he returned to England, where he was elected (1215) bishop of Norwich. He remained loyal to John throughout the Magna Carta negotiations and aided royal efforts to revoke the charter. Pandulf was again superseded but returned to England in 1218 as papal legate. He exerted great political power, becoming, in effect, regent (1219–21) in the minority of Henry III until Stephen Langton (archbishop of Canterbury) secured his recall. Pandulf's administration was severe but efficient. After resigning his legateship, he was consecrated bishop of Norwich in 1222.
See F. A. Gasquet, Henry the Third and the Church (1905).
More on Pandulf from Fact Monster:
See more Encyclopedia articles on: Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches: General Biographies