Bulkeley, who was originally from Beaumaris in Anglesey, had been bishop since 1541. He'd previously served as chaplain to Charles Brandon and Thomas Cromwell.
Here are a few facts about him:
- He was born in around 1495 and studied both canon and civil law at Oxford.
- He served as chaplain to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, in the early 1530s before moving into the service of Thomas Cromwell, but fell out with Cromwell in early 1537.
- Bulkeley was the first resident Bishop of Bangor and the first to come from North Wales.
- In 1542, he instructed his priests to use Welsh rather than English in their sermons.
- He appears to have embraced reform. His library contained humanist works, and at his death he bequeathed two English Bibles to his cathedral.
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Image: Bangor Cathedral Quire by John Armagh