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A Brief Life of John Fisher

Edited by Cecilia A. Hatt

in English Works of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780198270119
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600609 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198270119.003.0002
 A Brief Life of John Fisher

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This chapter provides a short overview of the main events in Fisher's life, notably his association with Henry VII's mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, which led to the development of various foundations within Cambridge University, including St John's College. As a theologian as well as bishop of Rochester, John Fisher engaged in anti‐Lutheran controversy in Latin and English. His opposition to Henry VIII's divorce made him unpopular at court and he was implicated in the Nun of Kent affair. He refused to swear to the Act of Supremacy and his trial and execution for treason followed in June 1535.

Keywords: Act of Supremacy; anti‐Lutheran controversy; execution; Lady Margaret Beaufort; Nun of Kent; Rochester; St.John's College

Chapter.  5641 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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