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Portrait of John Bourchier by Ambrosius Benson, 1520-1526

John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners (1467 – 1533) was a statesman and translator, born at Sherfield, Hertfordshire, England, and educated at Oxford University. He held various Offices of State, including that of Chancellor of the Exchequer to King Henry VIII, and Lieutenant of Calais.

He translated, at the King's desire, Froissart's Chronicles (1523-1525), in such a manner as to make distinct advance in English historical writing, and the Golden Book of Marcus Aurelius (1534); also The History of Arthur of Lytell Brytaine (Brittany), and the romance of Huon of Bordeaux.[1]

He died at Calais in 1533.

His illegitimate daughter Ursula married William Sharington.[2]


  1. ^ BERNERS, JOHN BOURCHIER, 2ND LORD (1467-1553), in A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature from Project Gutenberg
  2. ^ C. E. Challis, 'Sharington, Sir William (c. 1495–1553), administrator and embezzler', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Bourchier
Baron Berners
Succeeded by
Jane Knyvett
Political offices
Preceded by
William Catesby
Chancellor of the Exchequer of England
Succeeded by
John Baker


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