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Warham, William

(c. 1456—1532) administrator and archbishop of Canterbury


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(c. 1450–1532).

Archbishop of Canterbury. Born in Hampshire and educated in law at New College, Oxford, Warham frequently served as a diplomat (1491–1502) and negotiated Prince Arthur's marriage to Catherine of Aragon (1496). He was successively master of the rolls (1494), bishop of London (1502), archbishop (1504), and lord chancellor (1504–15). From 1515 Wolsey, as cardinal, lord chancellor, and papal legate, constantly overshadowed Warham. Under pressure he signed the petition requesting papal consent for a divorce. Described as ‘morose and inflexible’, he was nevertheless competent and conscientious.

Subjects: Christianity — British History.


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