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Allen, Robert (fl. 1582–1612), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was probably the Robert Alen who matriculated as a sizar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, at Easter 1582 and graduated BA in 1585–6 and MA in 1589. In the epistle dedicatory to The Doctrine of the Gospel...

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Barber [Barbar], Thomas (b. c. 1545, d. after 1603), Church of England clergyman, hailed from Middlesex. Born to unknown parents, he matriculated as a pensioner of St John's College, Cambridge, on 8 November 1560, graduated BA in 1564, and was elected a fellow on 11 April 1565. Ordained deacon at ...

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Carter, John (1554–1635), Church of England clergyman, born at Wickham, Kent, was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and then, through the generosity of a Mr Rose of Canterbury, at Clare College, Cambridge, under Thomas Byng. After Carter had taken his degree Byng offered him rooms in his own house to enable him to continue his studies, and it was at this time that he attended weekly meetings, applying logical, etymological, grammatical, and doctrinal interpretations to scripture with ...

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Carter, Oliver (d. 1605), Church of England clergyman, is said to have been a native of Richmondshire. Nothing is known of his background, or of his early years, before he entered St John's College, Cambridge, in 1555. He graduated BA in 1560, MA in 1563, and BTh in 1569; he was elected fellow in 1563, senior fellow in 1564, and one of the college preachers in 1565. In 1565 he became vicar of ...

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Champneys, John (d. in or after 1559), religious radical, was by his own account a native of Somerset, near Bristol. A Champneys family has been traced in Somerset back to the reign of Henry II. Its later members included Sir John Champneys (...

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Chapman [Barker], Edmund (1537/8–1602), Church of England clergyman, probably hailed from the family named Chapman or Barker long established in Sibton, Suffolk. He matriculated as a sizar from Gonville Hall, Cambridge, in November 1554, graduating BA from Trinity in 1559; appointed a fellow in 1560, he proceeded MA in 1562. Thus ...

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Charke, William (d. 1617), religious controversialist, was born to unknown parents. After matriculating as a sizar at Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1560, he graduated BA in 1562–3 and MA in 1566. As a fellow of Peterhouse from 1566 he was influenced by Thomas Cartwright...

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Coppinger, Edmund (c. 1555–1591), prophet, was the impoverished younger son of a fervently protestant Suffolk gentry family. He does not appear to have taken a university degree, though two of his brothers were at St John's College, Cambridge. Henry was rector of Lavenham...

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Crane, Elizabeth (d. in or before 1606), religious activist, was the eldest daughter of Sir Robert Hussey of Linwood, in Lincolnshire, who died in 1546, and his second wife, Dame Jane. Born towards the end of the reign of Henry VIII, she seems to have married ...

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Crane, Nicholas (c. 1522–1588), Church of England clergyman, was born at Tannington, Suffolk. He was perhaps the man of these names who matriculated as a sizar at Gonville Hall, Cambridge, at Easter 1544, but Cooper's assertion that he was at Christ's College is not confirmed by the college records, while ...