On this day: 22 March

Posted: March 22, 2012 in On this day..., Yorks first protectorate


Death of Cardinal Archbishop John Kemp. Kemp’s unexpected death cleared the way for Richard Duke of York to be named Protector & Defender of England during Henry VI’s first bout of illness and incapacity. He was seen by some as an obstacle to the Duke’s ambitions, but was probably more cautious than obstructive.

Kemp was Archbishop of York from 1426 until his translation to Canterbury in 1452. He was twice chancellor of England: from 1426 to 1432, then again from 1450 until his death. He was succeeded by Richard Nevill, Earl of Salisbury. Thomas Bourchier, bishop of Ely and the brother of Viscount Bourchier (who was married to York’s sister, Isabel) succeeded him in Canterbury.

Kemp was buried in Canterbury Cathedral.

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