John Barlow (diplomat)
Barlow was intimately involved in the King's attempts to secure a divorce from his first wife, Katherine of Aragon from the Pope. Barlow was a supporter of Henry's fiancee, Anne Boleyn. Barlow uncovered evidence of Cardinal Wolsey's betrayal of the King's cause in Rome, which he faithfully reported to a horrified Anne in 1528. This information helped solidify the future queen's hatred towards Wolsey, something which played a major part in the Cardinal's fall from power the following year.
He is described as one of her [Anne Boleyn's] favourite clerics. Later he became archdeacon of Westbury-on-Trym, and then dean of Worcester. His closeness to Anne Boleyn led some to suggest he must have known of her 'treason.'
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