1380 - John Kemp was born.
1415 - He practised as an ecclesiastical lawyer, was an assessor at the trial of Oldcastle, and was made dean of the Court of Arches but did not do a good job as dean.
1419 - He was elected bishop of Rochester, and was consecrated at Rouen on the 3rd of December.
1421 - In February, he was translated to Chichester, and in November following to London.
1426 - He succeeded as chancellor in March.
1432 - His resignation on the 28th of February was a concession to Gloucester.
1435 - He still enjoyed Beaufort's favour, and retaining his place in the council was employed on important missions, especially at the congress of Arras.
1439 - In December, he was created cardinal, and during the next few years took less share in politics.
1452 - He was rewarded by his translation to Canterbury in July, when Pope Nicholas added as a special honour the title of cardinal-bishop of Santa Rufina.
1454 - Died on the 22nd of March.
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