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Spivey, A J

  • GB-1859-SJCA-PN210
  • Person

Southwell, Sir Robert

  • GB-1859-SJCA-PN126
  • Person
  • d.1514

Sir Robert Southwell was a lawyer and a royal administrator during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century. A descendant of a wealthy Norfolk family, Southwell was a member of Lincoln’s Inn and rose to prominence during the 1490s, when he worked in the crown lands administration on various appointments, receiverships and special commissions. By 1503, he occupied the role of general surveyor of all the royal lands. From 1504, he served as chief butler of England and in 1510, he was appointed chief auditor of the exchequer. He died in 1514.

Somerset [formerly Beaufort], 1st Earl of Worcester

  • GB-1859-SJCA-PN180
  • Person
  • c1460-1526

Illegitimate son of Henry Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, and Joan Hill. He spent his childhood in exile and came to England with Henry Tudor in 1485, who knighted him on 7 August 1485. He stopped using the surname Beaufort and took that of Somerset instead. He married Henry VII's ward, Elizabeth Herbert, the sole heir of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Huntingdon, in 1492. Through his wife he acquired substantial lands in Wales. He administered the marcher lordship of Glamorgan for the Crown and was awarded more lands and titles, making him the most powerful man in south Wales. He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1496. In 1501 he was made Vice-Chamberlain of Henry VII's household. In 1504 he was created Baron Herbert. In 1509 Henry VIII made him Lord Chamberlain, head of the royal household. Both monarchs employed him on international military and diplomatic missions. He was created Earl of Worcester in 1514 and in the period 1518-1520 conducted negotiations with France, culminating in the Field of the Cloth of Gold, for the organisation of which he was mostly responsible. He died on 25 April 1526 and was buried at St George's Chapel, Windsor.

Smith, John Sandwith Boys

  • GB-1859-SJCA-PN39
  • Person
  • 1901-1991

The Reverend John Sandwith Boys Smith was born in Hampshire on 8th January 1901, the son of Edward Percy Boys Smith, Clerk in Holy Orders and St John’s College Alumnus, and Charlotte Cecilia Sandwith. Boys Smith matriculated at St John’s College, Cambridge, in 1919 and read Economics/Theology, graduating BA in 1922.

After a short time at Marburg University in 1924-25, Boys Smith was appointed to the Fellowship of St John’s in 1927. This was to be the start of a long commitment to the College, and it was a position which, apart from the 10 years he was Master of the College (1959-69), he was to hold until his death in 1991. He served as Chaplain 1927-1934, Director of Studies and Supervisor in Theology 1927-1952, Praelector 1929-1931, Assistant Tutor 1931-34, Tutor 1939-1939, Junior Bursar 1939-1944 and Senior Bursar 1944-1959.

Obituary in The Eagle: Vol 74, 1992, p. 27
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Sixtus IV, Pope

  • GB-1859-SJCA-PN95
  • Person
  • 1414-1484

Born Francesco della Rovere, Pope Sixtus IV held papal office from 1471 until his death in 1484. Raised in the Italian region of Liguria, Francesco studied at the University of Padua and, as a young man, became a member of the Franciscan Order. He served as Minister General of the Order from 1464 to 1469 and as Cardinal-priest of San Pietro in Vincoli from 1467 to 1471. As Pope, Sixtus was a patron of both the arts and sciences – the Sistine Chapel in Rome was famously restored during his time in office – yet his papacy was also characterised by nepotism and rumours of sexual scandal.

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