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John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners (1467-1533), Statesman and writer
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A solider, scholar and diplomat, Berners was made Chancellor of the Exchequer by Henry VIII in 1516. He assisted in negotiations for an alliance with Spain (1518), and attended Henry at his meeting with Francis I in France in 1520, a spectacular event known as the Field of Cloth of Gold. While Lord Deputy of Calais (1520-6), he produced, at the king's request, a translation of Jean Froissart's Chronicles which became extremely popular. Berners resumed his appointment in 1531, and died at Calais two years later.