Sir Stephen Pecocke
The foundations of English society were rocked by a series of events that coincided with Stephen Pecocke's term of office as Lord Mayor in 1532-3. To an ardent Catholic, Henry VIII's 'private matter' culminating in divorce from Katherine of Aragon, marriage to Anne Boleyn and separation from the Church of Rome must have been extremely disturbing. Pecocke had to put aside any personal qualms when, as Lord Mayor, he was required to attend the ceremonial procession through the City for Anne's coronation in June 1533. It was perhaps fortunate that he died before the monastery where his son was a monk was pulled down, and the full effects of Henry's Dissolution policy took effect.
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