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Bonner, Edmund

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Born: 1500 AD
Died: 1569 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Bishops

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1500 - Born in London, England. A bishop of London who supported Henry VIII's antipapal measures but rejected the imposition of Protestant doctrine and worship during the reigns of Edward VI and Elizabeth I.

1532-1543 - Bonner became an outstanding Oxford lawyer, and he served Henry VIII on various foreign embassies, including several to Pope Clement VII to plead for an annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

1540 - Having supported Henry when the king took control of the English church, Bonner was made bishop of London.

       - But upon the accession of Edward VI, Bonner, with Stephen Gardiner, felt he could no longer accept royal supremacy in religious matters.

1549-1553 - As a result he was deprived of his London bishopric and imprisoned.

1553 - Restored to his see on August 5th, after the accession of Mary Tudor, he was rebuked by Mary's government for his reluctance to intensify the prosecution of Protestants in London, but subsequently he became actively involved.

      - At the beginning of Elizabeth's reign he was again deprived of his bishopric because he refused to acknowledge her supremacy over the English church, and he spent the last 10 years of his life in the Marshalsea Prison in London.

1569 - He died on the 5th of September in London, England.


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