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Edward VI

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king of England (1547–53). Since Edward was 9 years old when he succeeded Henry VIII in 1547, he was in tutelage for the greater part of his reign, with Somerset as his...

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prayers for the dead

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

Though 2 Macc. 12: 40–5 is the only biblical text in which prayer for the dead is clearly recorded, there is ample evidence for the practice in the inscriptions of the catacombs and in the...

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Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

A fundamental method of communication in the NT (though it continues the ‘announcement of good tidings’ in the later OT prophets, Isa. 40: 9). It was said both of John the Baptist (Mark 1:...

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Richard Grafton

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Christianity.


printer. An enthusiastic supporter of the Reformation, c.1536 he arranged with E. Whitchurch for the printing at Antwerp of Matthew's Bible (1537). He was then...

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Rogation Days

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

In W. churches, days of prayer and fasting in the early summer, associated with intercession (Lat., rogare, ‘ask’), especially for the harvest.

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Thomas Becon

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).


Protestant Reformer. Ordained priest in 1538, he was arrested for preaching Protestant doctrines and forced to recant in 1541 and in 1543. He held various offices...

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Thomas Cranmer

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English cleric, a founding father of the English Protestant Church. He served Henry VIII on diplomatic missions before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury in 1532. He...

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