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Berners, John Bourchier, 2d Baron

Berners, John Bourchier, 2d Baron bou´chər, bûr´nərz [key], 1467–1533, English diplomat and man of letters. A member of Parliament from 1495 to 1529, he later became chancellor of the exchequer (1516) and ambassador to Madrid (1518). He was English governor of Calais from 1520 until his death. Berners's literary work includes such translations as Froissart's Chronicles (2 vol., 1523–25) Huon of Bordeaux (1534?) and The Golden Book of Marcus Aurelius (1535 from a French version of Guevara's work).

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