Reginald the Sly
Reginald Ivarsson is the Bishop of the Diocese of Man and the Isles since 1217, though the legality of his reign is questionable at best. The Bishop of Mann and the Isles is elected by the Monks of Furness Abbey by right, but Reginald was appointed by his uncle, the king, as part of the peace making attempts between King Ragnold and his brother Olafr. Reginald’s father, Ivar, is the younger brother of these two, and Lagman of the North, lord of Peel Castle.
The nickname Sly was stuck on the bishop after he himself nullified the marriage of Olafr to the queens sister, betraying the king who appointed him Bishop, and causing a civil strife between the north isles and the south isles.
Not a very religious man, he is tolerant of the remaining Culdee priests, and of the pagan practices of many of the Norse inhabitants of the island. Reginald is no longer in the kings favor as he used to be, but the riches he made as bishop of Man and the Isles made him a powerful man as fully one third of the church tithes paid are given to him.He is hardly out of his quarters at Bishopscourt. Some say he is too fat to walk, but that might be just rumors. Being as rich as he is, he has another residance at Skeabost on the Isle of Skye, and new quarters are being built for him in St. German’s Cathedral.
The simple folk talk of his corruption, greediness and sloth.