At the time of the English civil wars, George Morley was Canon of Christ Church, and a royalist. In 1645, he was a royalist delegate to the peace negotiations. In 1648, he was deprived of his canonry and his living. He left the country, joining Charles II's court at The Hague, where he became one of the leading clergy.Shortly before the Restoration, he came to England on a mission to gain the support of the Presbyterians for Charles. In 1660, he regained his canonry, and soon became dean of Christ Church. In the same year he was consecrated Bishop of Worcester, and was translated to the see of Winchester in 1662.
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