Protestant theologian. As a youth he entered the Franciscan Order at St-Omer, but left it on his conversion to Protestantism in 1557. He was consulted over the drafting of the Belgic Confession (1561). In 1584 he became professor of theology at Leiden, but his support for the Governor General (the Earl of Leicester) in 1587 led to his dismissal and flight to England, where he held a succession of benefices. In his chief theological work, De Diversis Ministrorum Evangelii Gradibus (1590), he supported episcopacy, basing his position on an appeal to the ‘ius divinum’. He was among the earliest Protestants to urge the duty of preaching the Gospel to the heathen. He was one of the translators of the AV of the Bible.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.