Simon Langham

Adam soon moved to Avignon and the papal court to replace his friend and fellow monk of Norwich, Thomas Brinton, as a proctor acting on behalf of the English Benedictines. His first major task was not designed to make him popular in his country of birth, sending a message from the pope telling the English King to restrain the activities of his men at arms in Italy. Fortunately on his way back to London his route took him through Canterbury where he met with the Archbishop, Simon Langham (left). Langham was also a Benedictine monk from Westminster Abbey and he persuaded Adam to enter his service. From this moment until Langham's death, Adam's fortunes were linked to that of his new master.