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John Field

(1545—1588) Church of England clergyman


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(1545–88),

Presbyterian propagandist. Ordained priest, uncanonically early, in 1566, he soon became a leading member of an extreme Puritan group in London and was debarred from preaching for 8 years (1571–9). In 1572 he wrote the bitter ‘View of Popish Abuses yet remaining in the English Church’ which appeared with T. Wilcox's Admonition to the Parliament; both were sentenced to a year's imprisonment. Field was an adept propagandist and organizer, though he failed in his attempt to impose a Presbyterian uniformity on English Puritans.

Subjects: Christianity.


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