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Ridley, Nicholas (c. 1502–1555), bishop of London and protestant martyr, was born only a short distance away from Hadrian's Wall, near Willimontswick, to a Northumberland gentry family whose members were prominent in the life of the church, both before and during the Reformation. His father was ...

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Seymour, Edward, duke of Somerset [known as Protector Somerset] (c. 1500–1552), soldier and royal servant, was the eldest surviving son of Sir John Seymour (1473/4–1536), landowner and courtier, of Wolf Hall, Wiltshire, and his wife, Margery (d. 1550), eldest daughter of ...

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Wentworth, Thomas, first Baron Wentworth (1501–1551), nobleman, was born at Nettlestead in Suffolk, the eldest son of Sir Richard Wentworth, de jure fifth Baron Le Despenser (d. 1528), and his wife, Anne, daughter of Sir James Tyrell of Gipping, Suffolk, the alleged murderer of the princes in the ...