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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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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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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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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)...