ANTONY BEK (d.
In 1285, Edward interfered in the affairs of Scotland, he employed Bek on this business, and in 12 9 4 he sent him on a diplomatic errand to the German king, Adolph of Nassau.
Deposed and excommunicated by Bek, the prior secured the king's support; but the bishop, against whom other complaints were preferred, refused to give way, and by his obstinacy incurred the lasting enmity of Edward.
A man of great courage and energy, chaste and generous, Bek was remarkable for his haughtiness and ostentation.
Bek's elder brother, Thomas Bek (d.
Another Thomas Bek (1282-1347), who was bishop of Lincoln from 1341 until his death on the 2nd of February 1347, was a member of the same family.
Antony Bek must not be confused with his kinsman and namesake, Antony Bek (1279-1343), who was chancellor and dean of Lincoln cathedral, and became bishop of Norwich after a disputed election in 1337.
Farther south, towards Lake Balkash, on the southeastern frontier, is a wide waterless desert, Bek-pak-dala, or Famine Steppe.
Its north-western shore is bordered by a dreary plateau, known as the Famine Steppe (Bek-pak-dala).