Edward Fox

(1496—1538) diplomat and bishop of Hereford

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(1496?–1538), bishop of Hereford from 1535 to 1538, royal almoner, and chief architect of the propaganda campaign to secure Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon. After attending Cambridge Foxe entered the service of Thomas Wolsey, the king's chief minister, around 1527. In early 1528 he and Stephen Gardiner traveled to Rome and secured a commission from pope Clement VII to try the divorce case in England. He was elected provost of King's College, Cambridge, in September. At Waltham in August 1529 Foxe and Thomas Cranmer devised the strategy Henry would use to render his marriage to Catherine invalid—soliciting university opinion on the issue instead of seeking remedy in canon law. Foxe was instrumental in obtaining repudiation of the royal marriage at both Cambridge and Oxford universities (1530).


From The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

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