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Hawkins, Nicholas (c. 1495–1534), Catholic ecclesiastic and diplomat, was born at Putney, the nephew and godson of Nicholas West, bishop of Ely. He was educated at Eton College, where he was a king's scholar, and was admitted to King's College, Cambridge, in 1514. He graduated BA in 1519 and, apparently, proceeded MA in 1522. There is no record of his receiving a degree in law but he is said to have devoted himself to the study of civil and canon law, and was admitted as an advocate in 1528....

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Langton, Simon (d. 1248), ecclesiastic and diplomat, was the youngest son of Henry Langton of Langton by Wragby, Lincolnshire, and brother of Archbishop Stephen Langton, who made him archdeacon of Canterbury. A third brother, Walter, inherited the family estate, but he was childless and on his death in 1234 his lands and debts fell to ...

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Shepey, John (d. 1412), diplomatist and ecclesiastic, came from a wealthy bourgeois family of Coventry, where he was born. His paternal grandfather, Lawrence Shepey, was a burgess who had endowed a chantry in St Michael's Church. His father, Jordan Shepey, was one of twelve ...

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Taylor, John (d. 1534), Catholic priest and diplomat, was born into a poor family at Barton under Needwood in the parish of Tatenhill, Staffordshire, the eldest of male triplets. According to tradition, the boys were presented to Henry VII, who undertook to pay for their education. In 1500 ...

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Urswick, Christopher (1448?–1522), courtier, diplomat, and ecclesiastic, was the son of John Urswick and his wife, lay brother and sister of the Cistercian abbey of Furness in Lancashire. On 14 January 1486 he put his age at thirty-six; his memorial brass gives it as seventy-three at death. Educated at ...

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Young, Gruffudd (b. c. 1370, d. in or after 1437), churchman and administrator, was one whose ecclesiastical career was entangled in the politics of the Glyn Dŵr rebellion and of the papal schism. Described as of illegitimate birth he was almost certainly the bastard son of ...