Thomas Becon

(c. 1513—1567) theologian and Church of England clergyman

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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 under Edward VI; under Mary he was imprisoned and then went abroad. Under Elizabeth I in 1559 he became a canon of Canterbury cathedral. His prolific and usually polemical writings enjoyed wide popularity. To the first Book of Homilies he contributed the one on adultery.

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

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