(c.1492–c.1558). Born in Lancashire and educated at Cambridge and Oxford, Staples was provided by the pope to the see of Meath on 3 September 1520, but subsequently became a strong supporter of royal supremacy (see reformation). During the reign of Edward VI he was responsible for the introduction of the Book of Common Prayer in the face of considerable opposition. With the restoration of Catholicism under Queen Mary, Staples was deprived on 29 June 1554.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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