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Appleby, John (d. 1389), dean of St Paul's, London, and diplomat, exemplifies at once the excesses of careerism and the intellectual sophistication that characterized the upper ranks of the fourteenth-century English church. He was a native of Appleby, Westmorland, and the north of ...

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Layton, Richard (c. 1498–1544), dean of York and agent in the suppression of the monasteries, was probably born in the late 1490s at Dalemain in Cumberland, and is said to have been one of thirty-three children of William Layton. He was related to ...

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Man, John (1514/15–1569), diplomat and dean of Gloucester, was a fellow of New College, Oxford, but the presence of two men there of the same name (one from Essex, one from Wiltshire) has caused confusion. It would seem that Anthony Wood, who gives the dean's birth as 1512 at ...

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Turnbull, Hugh (b. 1517, d. in or before 1566), dean of Chichester and administrator, was from Lincolnshire, born to an unknown family. He was admitted discipulus of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on 27 April 1532, probationary fellow on 10 January 1536, and fellow in 1538; he remained a fellow until 1543. His logic lectures, begun in 1535, attracted complaints to ...

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Vannes, Peter (c. 1488–1563), diplomat and dean of Salisbury, was born in Lucca, Italy, the son of Stefano Vanni of Lucca. Vannes was the kinsman of Andrea Ammonius, a close friend of Erasmus, Latin secretary to Henry VIII, and one of the many Italian humanists who enjoyed favour at the English court. ...

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Nicholas Wotton (c. 1497–1567) by unknown artist The Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, photograph Mike Waterman

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Wotton, Nicholas (c. 1497–1567), diplomat and dean of Canterbury and York, was the fourth child and second son of Sir Robert Wotton of Boughton Malherbe, Kent (c.1463–1524), administrator, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Sir Henry Belknap. Sir Edward Wotton (1489?–1551)...