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Parker, Matthew

Born: 1504 AD
Died: 1575 AD
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Bishops


1504 – He was born this year in Norwich, in St. Saviour’s parish.


1516 – His father died this year; his mother got married again to John Baker.


1522 – He was sent to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he is said to have been contemporary with William Cecil, but Cecil was only two years old at the time.


1525 – He graduated BA and was ordained deacon in April this year.


1527 – He was ordained priest, and was elected fellow of Corpus in the following September.


1528 – He commenced MA, and was one of the Cambridge scholars whom Thomas Wolsey wished to transplant to his newly founded "Cardinal College" at Oxford.


1535 – He was appointed dean of the college of secular canons at Stoke-by-Clare.


1538- He was threatened with prosecution, but the Bishop of Dover, however, reported to Thomas Cromwell that Parker "hath ever been of a good judgment and set forth the Word of God after a good manner.


1541 – He was appointed to the second pre-bend in the reconstituted cathedral church of Ely.


1544 – On Henry VIII’s recommendation, he was elected master of Corpus Christi College.


1545 – He became vice-chancellor of the university. He got into some trouble with the chancellor, Stephen Gardiner.


1552 – He was promoted to the rich deanery of Lincoln.


1553 – He supped with Northumberland at Cambridge, when the duke marched north on his hopeless campaign against the accession of Mary Tudor.


1559 – He was elected, but given the turbulence and executions that had preceded Elizabeth’s accession,


1566 – The Book of Advertisements was published by him this year.


1575 – He died on the 17th day of May this year.