Hugh Latimer (1485-1555)

An English Reformer and preacher known for the emphasis on social action and Christian piety in his preaching. Latimer became a priest after graduating from Cambridge. He lost favor with the Roman Catholic Church in the 1520s because of his Protestant sympathies, but won favor with King Henry VIII and was named bishop of Worcester in 1535. He was forced to resign this post when the king enacted the Six Articles, which prevented the spread of Protestantism. He was most popular under Edward VI, but with the succession of the Catholic Mary Tudor, he was martyred in 1555.

(from Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition).


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