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John Frith was born in Westerham, Kent, in 1503, and lived for the early part of his life over the road from Sevenoaks School in the Three Cats inn - now the Old Post Office. From there he went via Eton to King's College, Cambridge, and, in 1525, his name heads the list for the B.A. examinations. John Frith was one of the outstanding academics of his time. He had a clear, logical, mathematical mind that caught the attention of Cardinal Wolsey; was highly respected by Sir Thomas More; was sought after by Henry VIII, and influenced the theological thinking of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Frith was a close friend of William Tyndale, and assisted him in his work of translating the Bible into English. However, at the early age of thirty, he was burnt at the stake for writing books supporting the doctrines of the Reformation. John Frith was the first English martyr to be burnt for publishing Reformation doctrines, in a century when hundreds of Christians were being imprisoned, tortured, strangled, and burnt by other Christians who did not agree with their views. In challenging the Church's teaching of purgatory, for example, Frith was treading on dangerous ground, because, from that teaching, the Church created the fear that gave it power and control over people's lives, enabling the Church to amass its great wealth. Dr N T Wright who recently made a detailed study of Frith's work, writes: 'It is a pity to note that there is one man [John Frith] from this period who has not received the attention he might be thought to have deserved.' Brian Raynor has remedied that omission with this book, and, at the same time, provided a fascinating insight into some of the evil machinations of the Christian Church in the early sixteenth century.
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Book Description Read All Over, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111871044782
Book Description Read All Over, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1871044782