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John Christopherson

(c. 1532—1558) bishop of Chichester


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(d. 1558), Bp. of Chichester. He was one of the original Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge, by the charter of 1546, and among the first to introduce Greek studies to the University. As an opponent of the Reformation he retired abroad during Edward VI's reign, but his college continued to support him. When on Mary's accession William Bill, a pronounced Protestant, was ejected from the Mastership of Trinity, Christopherson was put in to replace him; and he became chaplain and confessor to the Queen. In 1554 he was appointed Dean of Norwich and in 1557 Bp. of Chichester. For preaching an impassioned sermon on 27 Nov. 1558 after Elizabeth's accession, against the Reformation, he was imprisoned and died shortly afterwards. He was a learned and enthusiastic patristic scholar who rendered into Latin the writings of Philo (Philonis Judaei Scriptoris eloquentissimi libri iv, Antwerp, 1553) as well as the Church Histories of Eusebius, Socrates, Sozomen, Evagrius, and Theodoret (published posthumously, Louvain, 1569). He also collected a considerable number of MSS, which he bequeathed to Trinity College.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Christianity.


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