Famous Deaths in 1540

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  • Jan 27 Angela Merici, Italian monk/monastery, dies
  • Feb 2 George Schenck van Toutenburg, gov/viceroy of Frisia/Groningen
  • Mar 30 Matthäus Lang von Wellenburg, German statesman and Archbishop of Salzburg (b. 1469)
  • May 6 Jean Luis Vives, Spanish theory/humanist/reformer, dies at 48
  • May 22 Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian/President of Romagna, dies at 57
  • Jul 11 Jan Szapolyai, anti-king of Hungarian, dies
  • Jul 21 John I Zapolyai, prince of Transsylvania/king of Hungary, dies

Person of interestThomas Cromwell

Jul 28 Thomas Cromwell, English chief minister for King Henry VIII, executed for treason and heresy at 54 or 55

Lawyer and Statesman Thomas Cromwell
Lawyer and Statesman
Thomas Cromwell
  • Jul 30 Robert Barnes, English churchman (martyred) (b. 1495)
  • Jul 30 Thomas Abel, English priest (martyred)
  • Aug 23 Guillaume Budé, French scholar
  • Aug 24 Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian painter (b. 1503)
  • Sep 2 Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1501)
  • Oct 4 Helius Eobanus Hessus, German humanist/poet (Silvae), dies