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Tudor Minute November 15: RIP Robert Holgate

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for November 15.

Today in 1555 Robert Holgate died. He was the Archbishop of York, and in his life he brought to the fore one of the major issues between Protestants and Catholics, which was the idea of a clergy that could get married. He was the first Protestant Archbishop of York, and he was also the first to get married.

He was President of the Council in the North, but proved unable to put down the Seamer rebellion in 1549, and was replaced by Francis Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury. He would see much of the wealth of the York minster be stripped as Edward VI moved the Protestant reformation further and destroyed any lingering signs of Catholicism.

After Edward VI died, his sister, the Catholic Mary assumed the throne in 1553, and Robert Holgate, to quote from the York Minster Chronicle, quickly shed his wife and his Protestant faith to save his skin. In 1554 he was deprived of his title.

Robert Holgate died in London on the 15 Nov 1555, and his body was buried in the Church of St. Sepulchre, Holborn, London.

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