Audley, Thomas (1488-1544), 1st Baron Audley of Walden, Lord Chancellor

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Audley, Thomas (1488-1544), 1st Baron Audley of Walden, Lord Chancellor

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1488 - 1544


Speaker of the House of Commons, 1529; Lord Keeper, 1532-1533; Lord Chancellor, 1533-1544, who presided over the trials of Sir Thomas More and Bishop Fisher. Regarded as the founder of Magdalene College, by virtue of securing its re-foundation through Letters Patent granted by the King, almost certainly choosing the dedication as a pun on his own name. He has the reputation of being not a very nice man (a heart as black as marble).


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