Bourchier, Thomas

Born: 1404? AD
Died: 1486 AD.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Cardinal


1404 - Thomas Bourchier was born.

         - He was educated at the University of Oxford, he then entered the church and obtained rapid promotion.

1434 - He became Bishop of Worcester, being consecrated on May 15.

1443 - He was Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and he was appointed Bishop of Ely.

1454 - In April, he was made Archbishop of Canterbury, becoming Lord Chancellor of England in the following March.

1456 - He lost his position as chancellor when Richard, Duke of York, was deprived of power in October.

1457 - Bourchier took the chief part in the trial of Reginald Pecock, Bishop of Chichester.

1458 - He helped to reconcile the contending parties.

1459 - He appears as a decided Yorkis.

1461 - He crowned Edward IV, and four years later he performed a similar service for the queen, Elizabeth Woodville.

1475 - He was one of the four arbitrators appointed to arrange the details of the Treaty of Picquigny between England and France.

1486 - He died on the 30th of March at his residence, Knole House, near Sevenoaks, and was buried in Canterbury Cathedral.
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