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'''Godfrey Goodman''' (28 February 1582 or 1583, [[Ruthin]], [[Denbighshire]] - 19 January 1656, [[Westminster]]) was the [[Church of England|Anglican]] [[Bishop of Gloucester]], and a member of the [[Protestant Church]]. He was the son of Godfrey Goodman (senior) and Jane Croxton, landed gentry living in [[Wales]]. His contemporaries describe him as being a hospitable, quiet man, and lavish in his charity to the poor.
 
==Education and career==
Goodman was born in [[Ruthin]], [[Denbighshire]]. From 1593, Goodman was originally educated at [[Ruthin School]] but was later sent to [[Westminster School]], where he remained seven years under the protection of his uncle, [[Gabriel Goodman]], [[Dean of Westminster]]. He was an earnest student and when only seventeen won a scholarship at [[Trinity College, Cambridge]]. He graduated there in 1604 and shortly after was ordained at [[Bangor, Wales]].<ref>{{Venn|GDMN600G}}</ref>
 
Goodman's first appointment was to the rectory of [[Stapleford Abbotts]], [[Essex]], in 1606. He made rapid progress in the Church, and was made successively [[prebend of Westminster]] in 1607; [[Rector (ecclesiastical)|Rector]] of [[West Isley]], [[Berkshire]], in 1616; Rector of [[Kinnerton]], [[Gloucester]]; [[Canon of Windsor]] in 1617; [[Dean of Rochester]] in 1621; and finally [[Bishop of Gloucester]], 1624-1655. In addition, he held two livings in [[Wales]], at [[Llandyssil]] and [[Llanarmon]]. Even as a bishop, he was allowed to retain most of these appointments.
In 1643, Goodman's episcopal palace was pillaged by parliamentarian soldiers and over the course of a couple of years he was stripped of all his emoluments. He withdrew from public life to his small Welsh estate in [[Caernarfon|Carnarvon]], and it is likely that he converted to Catholicism at this time.
 
In about 1650, he came to London, and gave himself up to study and research; he was befriended by some Catholic [[Cavalier|royalist]]s and lived in close connection with them until his death in 1656. Father Davenport, O.S.F., former chaplain to [[Henrietta Maria of France|Queen Henrietta]], was his confessor and attended him in his last illness. He died, aged 62 or 63, at [[Westminster]]. By his will, in which he made a profession of his Catholic faith, he left most of his property to [[Ruthin]], his native town; his manuscripts and books, however, were given to [[Trinity College, Cambridge]].
 
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