Thomas Thirlby

(c. 1500—1570) bishop of Westminster and of Ely

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(1506?–70), successively Bp. of Westminster (1540), Norwich (1550), and Ely (1554). A Cambridge man who was favoured by T. Cranmer, he became a chaplain to Henry VIII, and first and only bishop of the new see of Westminster (suppressed 1550). In 1549 he spoke against the First Prayer Book of Edward VI and the Act of Uniformity, but accepted them when passed, despite his strong Catholic sympathies. He was naturally in high favour under Mary, but under Elizabeth I refused the Oath of Supremacy and was deposed and afterwards imprisoned.

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