Thomas Savage (bishop)
|Archbishop of York|
|Appointed||18 January 1501|
|Term ended||3 September 1507|
|Other posts||Bishop of Rochester|
Bishop of London
|Consecration||28 April 1493|
Clifton Hall, Cheshire
|Died||3 September 1507|
Cawood Castle, Yorkshire
|Parents||Sir John Savage (1422–95) (f)|
Lady Katherine Stanley (m).
Family and studies
After graduating from Oxford University, proceeding Master of Arts c. 1473, Savage was sent abroad to further his studies in divinity, first at Bologna and then, in 1477, at the University of Padua, receiving a doctorate of Canon Law before serving there as Jurist Rector (1481–82). He was awarded the degree of LLD (Cantab) in 1495.
Savage was appointed Rector of Davenham, Cheshire, 1470; Rector of Jacobstow, Devon, 1474; Rector of Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire, 1484; and Rector of Rostherne, Cheshire. Such advowsons provided him with a source of income whilst he pursued his diplomatic activities abroad.
On 3 December 1492, Dr Savage was nominated as Bishop of Rochester being consecrated on 28 April 1493, a post he held until 1496 when he was translated to the see of London As Bishop of London, Savage served as president of the council attendant on the king and dean of the household chapel of Henry VII, before being appointed on 18 January 1501 as Archbishop of York, which post he held until his death. While Archbishop he led the marriage ceremony of Arthur, Prince of Wales, to Catherine of Aragon. Prince Arthur died young, and his brother Henry, who became Henry VIII, then married Princess Catherine.
"A Lancastrian in politics, he was much trusted and employed by Henry VII....he was a courtier by nature, and took part in the great ceremonies of his time, the creation of Prince Henry as Duke of York, the meeting with the Archduke Philip, and the reception of Catherine of Aragon."
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- The Visitation of Cheshire 1580 by several heralds, edited by John Paul Rylands, F.S.A., London, 1882, p.203–4.
- Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry, Baltimore, Md., 2007, p.724, ISBN 0-8063-1759-0
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- Harriss, et al. Rulers and Ruled p. 242, Retrieved 24 November 2016
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 283
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- Richardson, Douglas, 2007, p.724
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
- Harriss, G. L.; Archer, Rowena E.; Walker, Simon, eds. (1995). Rulers and Ruled in Late Medieval England. A&C Black. ISBN 9781852851330.
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Rochester
| Bishop of London
| Archbishop of York