(1828–1912), English historian. In 1846 he entered the Public Record Office. His many writings include editions of the Calendar of Letters and Papers of the reign of Henry VIII (London, 1862–1905) and of the Paston Letters (1872–5), as well as Henry VII (1889), The English Church in the Sixteenth Century (1902), and Lollardy and the Reformation in England (4 vols., 1908–13). A diligent and accurate historian, he wrote particularly on the period of the Reformation in England, where he believed that modern historians had commonly done less than justice to the Catholic case.
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.