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John Rogers

(c. 1500—1555) biblical editor and martyr


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(c. 1500–55).

Martyr. Born in Birmingham and educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Rogers took holy orders but became a reformer under the influence of Tyndale, whose English edition of the Bible he prepared for the press. In Edward VI's reign, Rogers was in favour and given London preferments, and immediately after the king's death preached at St Paul's Cross, by order of Lady Jane Grey's council, warning the people against popery. After Mary had established her claim to the throne, Rogers was sent to prison and in February 1555 burned at Smithfield, dying with remarkable courage, the first of the protestant martyrs.

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