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Sir William Sharington (c. 1495–1553) by Hans Holbein the younger The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Sharington, Sir William (c. 1495–1553), administrator and embezzler, was the first son of Thomas Sharington (d. 1527?) of Norfolk and his wife, Katherine, daughter and heir of William Pyrton of Little Bentley, Essex. Despite the obscurity of his early years, it seems clear that two men were instrumental in his rise to importance: ...