Edward Bocking

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Edward Bocking (died 1534) was a controversial monk during the reign of King Henry VIII.

He attended Oxford where he received a B.D. in 1513 and a D.D. in 1518. He served as the Warden of Canterbury for a period of time. Bocking became a monk in 1526. He served as the spiritual director for Sister Elizabeth Barton, a controversial English visionary. Bocking, together with Barton herself and six others, was hanged and beheaded for treason at Tyburn on 21 April 1534 as the "chief instigator in the continuance of [Barton's] career of deception".[1] His body was buried in the London cemetery of the Dominican Friars but his head was mounted above one of the city gates.[2]

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