CHAP. IIII. The Kings promoting his Almoner, being made Car∣dinall, and Lord Chancellor of England.
THe King being returned into England, the Sea of Lincolne became voyd by the death of Do∣ctor Smith late Bishop there, which Bisho∣pricke the King gave to the Almoner Elect of Turney, who was not negligent to take possession thereof, but made all speed for his Consecrati∣on, the solemnization thereof being ended, hee found a way to get into his hands all his predecessors goods, whereof I have seene divers parts that furnished his house.
It was not long after but Doctor Bambrige Archbi∣shop of Yorke dyed at Rohan in France, being there the Kings Ambassadour, unto which Sea the King presented the last new Bishop of Lincolne, so that he had three Bi∣shopricks in his hands at one time, all in one yeare given him. Then prepared he againe for his translation from the Sea of Lincolne to that of Yorke, as he did before to his Installation.
After which Solemnization done, and being then Archbishop and Primus Angliae, thought himselfe suffici∣ent to compare with that of Canterbury, and did there∣upon advance his Crosses in the Courts, and every other place, aswell in the Precinct and Iurisdiction of Canter∣bury, as any other place; And forasmuch as Can∣terbury claimeth a superioritie over Yorke, aswell as over any other Bishopricke within England, and for that cause claimeth an acknowledgement, as in ancient obedience of Yorke to abate advancement of his Crosses, to the Crosses of Canterbury.
Notwithstanding Yorke not desisting to beare the same Page 12 although Canterburie gave Yorke a cheeke for the same, and told him it was presumption, by reason whereof there ingendered some grudge betweene them; But shortly after he obtained to be made Cardinall and Lega∣tus de Literis unto whom the Pope sent the Cardinalls Cap, and certaine Bulls for his authority in that behalfe, whereupon he was Installed at Westminster in great Tri∣umph, which was executed by all bishops with their Mi∣tres, Cappes, and other ornaments; And after all this he was made Chancellour of England, and Canterbury who was the Chancellour was dismissed.
Now he being in the Chancelourship, and endowed with the promotions of Archbishop and Cardinall de Li∣tera, thought himselfe so fully furnished; that he was now able to surmount Canterbury in all Iurisdictions; And in all Ecclesiastical powers to Convocate Canterbury and all other Bishops, & spiritual persons to assemble at his Con∣vocations, where he would assigne and take upon him the conversion of all Ministers, and others within their Iu∣risdictions, and visited all the spirituall houses in their Di∣ocesse, and all manner of spirituall Ministers, as Commis∣sioners, Scribes, Apparators, and all other necessarie Of∣ficers to furnish his Courts, and did convent by conven∣tion, whom he pleased through this Realme and Domi∣nion, and all other persons to the glory of his Dignitie. Then had he two great Crosses of silver, whereof one was of his Archbishopricke, and the other of his Legasie, borne before him wheresoever he rode or went by two of the tallest Priests that he could get in this Realme.
And to the increase of his gaine he had in his hand the Bishopricke of Durham, and S. Albons in Commen∣dum; Also when Doctor Fox Bishop of Winchester dyed, he did surrender Durham to the King, and took himselfe to Winchester. He had also, as it were in Farme the Bisho∣pricks of Bath, Worcester, and Hereford, for the Incum∣bents of them were strangers. Hee had also attending upon him men of great possessions, and the tallest Page 13 Yeomen for his guard in the Realme.