(1516?–1556), bishop of Winchester, English reformer and political theorist. Educated at Cambridge, where he was a pupil of the humanist scholar Sir Thomas Smith, Ponet studied Greek and developed an interest in mathematics and astronomy. He advanced his career in the church through ties with Thomas Cromwell, chief minister of Henry VIII, and Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury, whose chaplain he became. Ponet made his greatest contribution to the Protestant Reformation during the reign of Edward VI (1547–1553), when he was appointed to the episcopal bench as bishop of Rochester (1550–1551) and bishop of Winchester (1551–1553). Ponet supported efforts to legalize clerical marriage with a vigorous polemical work, Defence for Marriage of Priestes … (1549). Preaching at Paul's Cross in London, he expounded reformed teaching on the Eucharist in A Notable Sermon Concerning the Ryght Use of the Lordes Supper… (1550).
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).