The Tudor Society

November 18 – Ralph Baynes, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, ends his days in confinement

Old St Dunstan's Church, resting place of Ralph Baynes

On this day in Tudor history, 18th November 1559, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Ralph Baynes (Baines), Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, died.

Baynes had started his career in Henry VIII's reign and in Mary I's reign, he had been actively involved in the persecutions of Protestants, examining many well-known martyrs and featuring in John Foxe's "Book of Martyrs". He came to a sad end, dying while imprisoned in the home of Edmund Grindal, Bishop of London.

Find out more about Ralph Baynes, his life and career, and how he came to be deprived of his bishopric and die in confinement...

He wasn't the only bishop to die in confinement on this day in 1559, Cuthbert Tunstall, Bishop of Durham, also died:

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