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Reginald Pole

(1500-1558), Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury

Sitter associated with 28 portraits
The great-nephew of Richard III, and therefore of royal blood, Pole was favoured by Henry VIII. However, rather than accept Henry as head of the English Church, he chose exile abroad. While in exile he was appointed a cardinal in 1536 and was considered for papal office in 1549. Under Mary he returned to England as Archbishop of Canterbury but arguably failed to fully restore the country to Catholicism.

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