Bonner, Edmund (1500-1569), educated partly at Oxford, where his achievements gained him the patronage of Cardinal Wolsey, who confided to him some important negotiations. After Wolsey's fall he came into favour with the king, and even offended the pope by his zeal in Henry's behalf. He was made Bishop of London, and was forced by his position to advance the punishment and persecution of the reformers. In Edward VI.'s reign he lost his bishopric and was imprisoned. Freed by Queen Mary four years later, he was again imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth for refusing the oath of supremacy, and finally died in the Marshalsea. He left some writings; among others. Letters to Lord Cromwell.