(1518?–1588), English Protestant controversialist and clergyman. This fervid editor, bookseller, and propagandist for religious and social reform had a prolific career as a satirist during the early years of Edward VI's reign (1547–1551). That brief interval marked the most radical phase of the English Reformation. Under the probable influence of Hugh Latimer, Crowley appealed to King Edward and Parliament for a thoroughgoing program of commonwealth reform that would eradicate religious and social abuses. He satirized clerics for holding multiple benefices and misappropriating tithes and attacked property owners for increasing poverty by enclosing arable land, raising rents, and driving up the price of food.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).