John Barlow, Dean of Worcester

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John Barlow, Dean of Worcester

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Son of John Barlow, Of Chorlton and Christian Barley, of Albury Hall
Brother of Elizabeth Barlow; Rev Thomas Barlow; Bishop of Chichester William Barlow, Alias Finch and Roger Barlow

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About John Barlow, Dean of Worcester

Life[edit]He graduated M.A. at the University of Oxford in 1521.[1]

Barlow was intimately involved in the King's attempts to secure a divorce from his first wife, Katherine of Aragon from the Pope. Barlow was a supporter of Henry's fiancee, Anne Boleyn. Barlow uncovered evidence of Cardinal Wolsey's betrayal of the King's cause in Rome, which he faithfully reported to a horrified Anne in 1528. This information helped solidify the future queen's hatred towards Wolsey, something which played a major part in the Cardinal's fall from power the following year.

He is described as one of her [Anne Boleyn's] favourite clerics.[2] Later he became archdeacon of Westbury-on-Trym, and then dean of Worcester.[1] His closeness to Anne Boleyn led some to suggest he must have known of her 'treason.'[3]

Barlow was Dean of Worcester from 1544 until he was deprived of the role under Queen Mary in 1553.[4]

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