Thomas Knowllys (Knowles), Lord Mayor of London. He was mayor during the reign of the very mild-mannered and easily-shocked Henry VI of England, who mostly was interested in religion and education and seems over all to have been a pretty good king, if he had not lived in violent times that needed a stronger hand…it was also during the time of Joan of Arc and the end of the War of the Roses. if you look at his portrait as a guy who might have played basketball if he’d been a shade less interested in his book collection, it seems about right. A good mind, perhaps, but not suited to be in a position of power in those times.
I kind of view him as a prime case of what happens when you put a good and kind but unrealistic person in charge of a bad situation. A lot of people came to violent ends while he was being non-violent.