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Chart Ye the Path of the Historical Sir Francis Bryan

Birth...around 1490 at Cheddington, England
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Grandson of Sir Thomas Bryan, Chief Justice
of the Common Pleas

Court of Common Pleas
Son of Sir Thomas Bryan, Knighted by Henry VII and "King of the Body" at the beginning of Henry VIII's reign
Portrait of Henry VII
Son of Margaret Bourchier, Governess to both Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth

Lady Margaret Bryan played by Jane Brennan

University of Oxford coat of arms
He was educated at Oxford

English Great Ship 1520
He was appointed the captain of the Margaret Bonadventure
in April 1513, a ship in the retinue of Sir Thomas Howard

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He became the King's cupbearer in 1516

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He acted as "Master of the Toyles" in December on 1518, keeping Greenwich Park stocked with deer for hunting

Painting of the Field of the Cloth of Gold
He accompanied Henry VIII to the Field of Cloth and Gold in 1520

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1520: He started receiving a pension from the King as a servant and a "cipherer,"or one who is proficient in cryptography and able to encrypt or decode messages

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He served in Brittany under the Earl of Surrey in 1522, and was knighted for his "hardiness and courage"
Flag of Essex
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He was one of the Sherriffs of Essex and Hertfordshire in 1523

Wolsey. Christ Church, Oxford.
He accompanied Wolsey to Calais in 1527

Portrait of Cardinal Campeggio
He escorted the papal envoy Campeggio on his way to England to Calais

Portrait of Pope Clement VII (Giulio de' Medici)
In November 1528 he was sent to Rome to obtain the papal sanction for the King's Divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He was given special instructions to induce Pope Clement VII to withdraw from his friendship with the Emperor.

Queen Katherine of Aragon
On 10 May 1533 Bryan, with Sir Thomas Gage and Lord Vaux, presented to Queen Catherine at Ampthill the summons bidding her appear before Archbishop Cranmer's court at Dunstable, to show cause why the divorce should not proceed; but the queen, who felt the presence of Bryan, a relative of Anne Boleyn, a new insult, informed the messengers that she did not acknowledge the court's competency.

Wolsey & Francis
In 1531 Bryan was sent as ambassador to France. Bryan travelled with the Duke of Norfolk in France seeking to prevent an alliance or even a meeting between the pope [Clement VII] and the king of France.

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Bryan during all these years remained the king's permanent favourite

George Boleyn
When the influence of the Boleyn family was declining, Bryan entered upon a convenient quarrel with Lord Rochford, which enabled the king to break with his brother-in-law by openly declaring himself on his favourite's side.


In May 1536 Anne Boleyn was chargedand Cromwell at first suspected Bryan of being one of the queen's accomplices. When the charges were being formulated, Cromwell, who had no liking for Bryan, hastily sent for him from the country; but no further steps were taken against him, and there is no ground for believing the suspicion to have been well founded.

Portrait of Jane Seymour
Bryan was very anxious to secure the queen's conviction and he took the office of conveying to Jane Seymour, Anne's successor, the news of Anne Boleyn's condemnation (15 May 1536). A pension vacated by one of Anne's accomplices was promptly bestowed on Bryan by the king.

Thomas Cromwell

Cromwell dubbed Bryan "The Vicar of Hell"

Five Wounds of Christ
Bryan played a part in suppressing the rebellions of the Pilgrimage of Grace in October 1536

Edward's Christening

He played a prominent role
in the christening of Prince Edward

anne of cleves
He was part of the King's household that met Anne of Cleves near Calais on her way to England in December 1539

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At the funeral of Henry VIII, Bryan was assigned a chief place as 'master of the henchmen.'

Edward Seymour
He fought, as a captain of light horse, under the Duke of Somerset at Musselburgh 27 Sept. 1547, when he was created a knight banneret.

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In 1548 James Butler, ninth earl of Ormonde, an Irish noble, died in London of poison under very suspicious circumstances. In 1548 he married the widowed countess Joan, daughter and heiress of James FitzJohn Fitzgerald, eleventh earl of Desmond. He was immediately nominated lord marshal of Ireland, and on 16 Dec. 1549 the Irish council recognised Bryan's powerful position by electing him lord-justice.

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