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Nicholas Heath (1501?-1578), Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor

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Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor under Mary I, Heath supported Elizabeth's succession, and proclaimed it in the House of Lords on Mary's death. However he refused to compromise his Roman Catholicism and would not take the oath of supremacy which declared Elizabeth I head of the Church. Deprived of his See and briefly committed to the Tower, he subsequently lived quietly and loyally in retirement, having agreed not to 'meddle' in the affairs of church or state.

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