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Friday, 21 February 2014

British Calvinists: Matthew Parker (1504-1575)

Matthew Parker (1504-1575) was one of the White Horse Inn members and one of the Marian exiles. On his return he was made Archbishop of Canterbury (1559-1575) by Elizabeth I. It was thought she appointed him as he was a moderate man.

Parker was a keen bibliophile and his library was bequeathed to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Under Henry VIII Parker had been the Master of Corpus Christi. He was a friend of Martin Bucer and preached at Bucer's funeral in 1551.

He played a key role in the Book of Common Prayer and helped produce the Bishop's Bible. 

Some of Parker's works are available here:

Further reading

Brook, Victor John Knight. 1965.  A Life of Archbishop Parker. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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