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folio). At length he was deprived of all his preferments on account of recusancy, and committed a prisoner to the Fleet in London. He appears to have been living in 1574. Wood says ‘he was by the protestants accounted a very mutable and unconstant man in his religion, but by the Roman catholics not; but rather a great st ickler for their religion, and t.he chief prop in his time in the university for the cause, as it appeared not only in his opposition of P. Martyr, but. of the three bishops that were b4urnt in Oxon,’ i.e. Cranmer, Ridley, and Latimer. Leland describes him as ‘Cheadseyus resonæ scholæ columna’ (Κύκνειοον Αιτμα, 22, ed. 1658).

He was the author of: 1. ‘A Sermon preached at St. Paul’s Cross 16 Nov. 1543 on Matthew xxii. 15,’ and printed in 1544. 2. ‘Replies in the Disputations held with Peter Martyr at Oxford in 1549,’ Harl. MS. 422, f. 17; Sloan. MS. 1576; MS. Corp. Christi Coll. Oxon. 255, f. 155. An account of the disputations was printed in Latin at London, 1549, 4to, and in Peter Martyr’s Works. An English translation also a peared. 3. Replies in disputations with Philpot, Cranmer, Ridley, and other protestant martyrs. Printed in Foxe’s ‘Acts and Monuments.'

[Ames’s Typogr. Antiq. (Herbert), 1556; Ayscough’s Cat. of MSS., 47 ; Coxe’s Cat. Codd. MSS. in Collegiis Aulisque Oxon. ii. 108 ; Cranmer's Works (Cox), ii. 383, 445, 553 ; Dodd's Church Hist. i. 609; Foxe's Acts and Monuments (Townsend); Fuller’s Church Hist. (Brewer), iii. 16, iv. 275; Jewel’s Worlts (Ayre), iv. introd. p. viii, 1199, 1200 ; Lansdowne MS. 981, ff. 3, 4; Le Neve's Fasti (Har¢ly),ii. 330, 443, 527, iii. 394, 566 ; Newcourt's Repertorium. i. 218, 246; Philot`s Examinations and Writings, 50, 63, 168; Ridley’s Works, 308 ; Cal. of State Papers (Dom. 1547-80). 127 ; Strype°s Works (general index) ; Tanner's Bibl. Brit. 171 ; Wood's Athenæ Oxon. (Bliss), i. 322; Wood`s Annals of Oxford (Gutch), ii. 93, 99, 125, 142; Zurich Letters, i. 11.]

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CHEDWORTH, JOHN (d. 1471), bishop of Lincoln, by birth a Gloucestershire man, was educatetli at Merton College, Oxford. The time of the completion of Chedworth’s education was coincident with the establishment of Henry VI’s grand foundations of Eton and King’s College, Cambridge. Of this latter society Chetlworth became a fellow at the second election of fellows. Here he gained the goodwill of his brethren and of the royal fpatron of the society so far, that when the rst rovost, William Millington, was deposed lior refusing to abide by the statutes of the college, which had been settled by the king ange Bishop Alnwick, with the approval of the pope, Chedworth was selected to succeed him as the second provost of the society (1446). He is said by Godwin to have exercised his office as head of the new college ‘strenuously.’ In addition to his Cambrid appointment, Chedworth held the oflice oigearclideacon of Wiltshire (1449), having previously held in succession the stalls of Yatesbury (1440), Stratford (1443), Netherbury (1445), and Hurstborn (1447), all in Salisbury Cathedral. He also had a rebend at Lincoln, and was incumbent of the living of Stoke Hammond in Buckinghamshire. As provost of King’s, Chedworth was no doubt under the special attention and regard of the king, an that Henry's Eudgment of him continued to be favourable was shown by his recommending him to the Lincoln cha ter for election as bishop on the death of Marmaduke Lumley (1451). The chapter at once elected him, and this was signified to the pope by a letter from the king (11 Feb. 1452), in which he prays the pope for the confirmation of the election. Henry usually prayed the pope in the first instance to ‘provide’ the bishop, mentionin the name of the man whom he desired, and then the election by the chapter would follow. William Gray, archdeacon of Northampton, and nephew of a former bishop of Lincoln, had been already ‘provided.' Some report of this probably induced Henry to a ply first to the chapter; but the pope (Nicliolas V) was of a conciliatory spirit, and cancelled his apppintment of Gray, and by letters dated 5 May 1452 confirmed Chedworth as bishop of Lincoln. Gray was soon afterwards appointed bishop of Ely. One of the earliest acts which Checlivorth was called to perform was, in company with William Wayndete, bishop of Winchester and formerly provost of Eton, to revise the statutes of Eton and King’s Colleges, and to make such alterations as the experience which had been gained in the working of the institutions suggested. The record of the visitation is in the bishop's register. Chedworth was one of the three assessors appointed by the convocation to conduct the trial of Reginald Pecock, bishop of Chichester, for heres in 1457. The attack on Pecock was mainly due to the Yorkist lords, who feared his exposing their machinations; but he had also angered the clergy, principally, it seems, by publishing books in English, and by advocating the meeting of the Lollards in argument rather than by the stake. Pecock was condemned and publicly recanted (4 Dec. 1457), but was afterwards imprisoned at Thorney Abbey. Chedworth was much engaged throughout his episcopate in combating the Lollard opinions, an his register is full of records of the