Reginald Pole

Movement English Reformation
Born Staffordshire, 1500
Died London, 1558
Significance Reginald Pole played an important role in the Catholic Reformation in England. Henry VIII supported Pole during his education at Rome Padua and Venice, but when Henry offered Pole the position as Archbishop of Winchester or York in return for his supporting Henry’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon, Pole balked and soon left for Paris. Pole was an active participant in the Council of Trent and was one vote shy of being elected as Pope in 1549. When Edward VI died and Mary ascended to the throne, Pole returned to England where he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury until his death in 1558.
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