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John Stafford
(Died 1452)

Bishop of Bath & Wells
Archbishop of Canterbury
Died: 25th May 1452 at Maidstone, Kent


John was the son of the Earl of Stafford. He studied law at Oxford and was patronised by Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry V appointed him Dean of the Court of Arches, Archdeacon and Chancellor of Salisbury, Dean of St. Martin's (London), Dean of Wells, Keeper of the Privy Seal and Lord High Treasuer.

In 1425, Pope Martin V made him Bishop of Bath & Wells and, for seventeen years, held the office of Lord Chancellor. His political influence was employed on the side of those who desired to promote peace with France

Archbishop Chicheley recommended Stafford to Pope Eugenius IV as his successor on the grounds of "his high intellectual and moral qualifications, the nobility of his birth, the influence of his relations and his own almost boundless hospitality". Stafford was accordingly translated to Canterbury in 1443. He died in at the Archiepiscopal Palace at Maidstone in 1452 and was buried in the south choir siale of Canterbury Cathedral.

Edited from Richard John King's "Handbook to the Cathedrals of England: Southern Division" (1903).

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