After spending years in Europe, Coverdale finally returned to England in 1548 where he was well received by Edward VI, becoming king's chaplain and almoner to the Dowager Queen Catherine. In 1551 he was made Bishop of Exeter, but was deposed in 1553 by Mary I. Once again he went abroad, returning to England in 1559. He was not reinstated as Bishop of Exeter, but instead became rector of St Magnus the Martyr near London Bridge between 1564 and 1567. He died in 1569 in London.