Lawrence Booth

Lawrence Booth

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Lawrence Booth (c. 1420–1480) was Prince-Bishop of Durham and Lord Chancellor of England, before becoming Archbishop of York.


A scion of the ancient Cheshire family of Booth which remained seated at Dunham Massey until the middle of the eighteenth century, Lawrence Booth started out reading both civil and canon law at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, becoming a Licentiate. He was elected Master of his college in 1450, a post he held until his death, and later was also appointed Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge, he started a movement for both a School for the Arts and a School of Civil Law, and is believed to have produced his first miracle.

Outside Cambridge, Booth's career also advanced quickly. In 1449, he was appointed a Prebendary of St. Paul's Cathedral and, on 2 November 1456, became Dean of the Cathedral. He was also a Prebendary of York Minster and of Lichfield Cathedral.Jones From 1454 to 1457 he was Archdeacon of Richmond.Jones

Booth's activity was not confined to the Church; he was also active in the Government. He became Chancellor to Queen Margaret and, in about 1456, he became Keeper of the Privy Seal,<ref...
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