|Archbishop of Canterbury|
Primate of All England
Henry VI enthroned. The leading figure at far left holding a mace/staff/baton with a purse (containing the Great Seal) attached to his waist appears to be the Lord Chancellor, those items being the symbols of his office. Possibly John Stafford (d.1452), Lord Chancellor (1432-1450) and Archbishop of Canterbury (1443-1452). Detail from "Talbot Shrewsbury Book", 1444-45
|Appointed||13 May 1443|
|Term ended||25 May 1452|
|Other posts||Bishop of Bath and Wells|
|Consecration||translated 13 May 1443|
|Died||25 May 1452|
Early life and education
Stafford was the illegitimate son of Sir Humphrey Stafford of Southwick, a Wiltshire squire, and required papal permission before he became the rector of Farmborough, vicar of Bathampton and prebendary of Wells.
On 18 December 1424 Pope Martin V made him Bishop of Bath and Wells, and he was consecrated on 27 May 1425. Pope Eugene IV made him Archbishop of Canterbury in May 1443, a position he held until his death on 25 May 1452. He steered an even course between parties as a moderate man and useful official.
His grand nephew Humphrey Stafford of Hooke rose in prominence in the King's party thereafter.
- Rogers, William Henry Hamilton, Strife of the Roses and Days of the Tudors in the West, Exeter, 1890, Chapter 5, "With the Silver Hand", Stafford of Suthwyke, Archbishop and Earl (Detailed discussion of the Bishop's origins).
- Dunning, Robert (2005). A Somerset Miscellany. Tiverton: Somerset Books. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-86183-427-5.
- Davies, R.G. (2004). "Stafford, John (d. 1452)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online). doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26209.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 95
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 106
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 87
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 228
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 233
- 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.
| Lord Privy Seal
| Lord High Treasurer
The Lord Hungerford
| Lord Chancellor
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Bath and Wells
| Archbishop of Canterbury