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August 23 – Stephen Gardiner becomes Lord Chancellor

A portrait of Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd August 1553, just over a month after Mary I had been proclaimed queen, Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, was made Lord Chancellor. Not bad for a man who'd recently been released from prison!

Here are some facts about Stephen Gardiner, a man known as "Wily Winchester":

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