See also:bishop and diplomatist, was
See also:born at Putney, and educated at
See also:Eton and at
See also:College, Cambridge, of which he became a
See also:fellow in 1483 . He was soon ordained and appointed rector of Egglescliffe, Durham, receiving a little later two other livings and becoming
See also:chaplain to King
See also:Henry VII . In 1509 Henry VIII. appointed him dean of St
See also:chapel, Windsor, and in 1515 he was elected bishop of Ely . West's long and successful career as a diplomatist began in 1502 through his friendship with
See also:Fox, bishop of Durham . In the interests of Henry VII. he visited the German king Maximilian I. and George, duke of Saxony; in 15o6 he negotiated an important commercial treaty with
See also:Flanders, and he attempted to arrange marriages between the king's daughter Mary and the future emperor
See also:Charles V., and between the king himself and Charles's
See also:Margaret . By Henry VIII . West was sent many times to Scotland and to France . Occupied mainly during the years 1513 and 1514 with journeys to and from Scotland, he visited
See also:Louis XII. of France in the autumn of 1514 and his successor
See also:Francis I. in 1515 . In 1515 also he arranged a defensive treaty between England and France, . and he was principally responsible for
See also:treaties concluded between the two countries in 1518 and 1525, and at other times . He was trusted and employed on
See also:personal matters by
See also:Wolsey . He died on the 28th of
See also:April 1533 . The bishop built two beautiful chapels, one in Putney
See also:church and the other in Ely
See also:cathedral, where he is buried .
BENJAMIN WEST (1738-1820)
RICHARD WESTALL (1765—1836)
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