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John Fisher and Cecilia A. Hatt

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198270119.001.0001

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A Brief Life of John Fisher

A Brief Life of John Fisher

Chapter:
(p.6) 1 A Brief Life of John Fisher
Source:
English Works of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester
Author(s):
Cecilia A. Hatt
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198270119.003.0002

This chapter provides a short overview of the main events in Fisher's life, notably his association with Henry VII's mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, which led to the development of various foundations within Cambridge University, including St John's College. As a theologian as well as bishop of Rochester, John Fisher engaged in anti‐Lutheran controversy in Latin and English. His opposition to Henry VIII's divorce made him unpopular at court and he was implicated in the Nun of Kent affair. He refused to swear to the Act of Supremacy and his trial and execution for treason followed in June 1535.

Keywords:   Act of Supremacy, anti‐Lutheran controversy, execution, Lady Margaret Beaufort, Nun of Kent, Rochester, St.John's College

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