Edward Foxe

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Edward Foxe
Bishop of Hereford
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Hereford
In office1535–1538
Predecessor Charles Booth
Successor Edmund Bonner
Other posts Archdeacon of Leicester, Archdeacon of Dorset, Dean of Salisbury
Personal details
Dursley Gloucestershire
Died8 May 1538 (age 41–42)
Buried St Mary Mounthaw London
Alma mater King's College Cambridge

Edward Foxe (c. 1496 – 8 May 1538) was an English churchman, Bishop of Hereford. He played a major role in Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and he assisted in drafting the Ten Articles of 1536.

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Bishop of Hereford Diocesan bishop in the Church of England

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Catherine of Aragon first wife of Henry VIII of England

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Early life

He was born at Dursley in Gloucestershire, and may have been related to Richard Fox, Bishop of Exeter and Lord Privy Seal under King Henry VII. [1] Foxe was educated at Eton College and at King's College, Cambridge. [2] After graduating in 1520, he was made secretary to Cardinal Wolsey in 1527. In 1528 he was sent with Bishop Stephen Gardiner to Rome to obtain from Pope Clement VII a decretal commission for the trial and decision of the case between King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. [1]

Dursley town and civil parish in southern Gloucestershire, England

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Bishop of Exeter Diocesan bishop in the Church of England

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Academic career

Foxe served as Provost of King's College from 22 September 1528 until 8 May 1538, and in August 1529 was the means of conveying to the king Thomas Cranmer's historic advice that he should apply to the universities of Europe rather than to the pope. [3] After a brief mission to Paris in October 1529, Foxe in January 1530 befriended Hugh Latimer at Cambridge and took an active part in persuading the English universities to decide in the king's favour. He was sent to employ similar methods of persuasion at the French universities in 1530–1531, and was also engaged in negotiating a closer league between England and France. [4]

A provost is the senior academic administrator at many institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada, the equivalent of a pro-vice-chancellor at some institutions in the United Kingdom and Ireland, or a deputy (vice-)chancellor (academic) at most Australian universities.

Thomas Cranmer 16th-century English Archbishop of Canterbury and Protestant reformer

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Clerical career

Foxe served as the king's almoner c. 1532 – 1537, and as prolocutor of convocation in April 1533 when it decided against the validity of Henry's marriage with Catherine. In 1534 he published his treatise De vera differentia regiae potestatis et ecclesiae, defending the Royal Supremacy by use of the documents collated in the Collectanea satis copiosa . [5] Various ecclesiastical preferments were now granted him, including the archdeaconry of Leicester (1531–1535), the archdeaconry of Dorset (1533–1535), the deanery of Salisbury (1533) and the bishopric of Hereford (1535). He was nominated to the See of Hereford on 20 August 1535, elected by the college of Hereford on 25 August, confirmed on 15 September, and ordained a bishop on 26 September 1535; he received the temporalities on 7 September and the spiritualities on 14 October 1535. [6]

Almoner chaplain in charge of assisting the poor

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A prolocutor is a chairman of some ecclesiastical assemblies in Anglicanism.

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In 1535–36 he was sent to Germany to discuss the basis of a political and theological understanding with the Lutheran princes and divines, and had several interviews with Martin Luther, who could not be persuaded of the justice of Henry VIII's divorce. [4] Henry was unwilling to endorse the Augsburg Confession and, in 1536, the Wittenberg articles were drafted by Foxe and Lutheran clergymen as a compromise. The articles met strong opposition within convocation in June of the same year, leading Henry to personally intervene to bring about an agreement. This led to the drafting and passing of the Ten Articles by convocation. [7] In 1536, Martin Bucer dedicated his Commentaries on the Gospels to Foxe.

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Death and legacy

Foxe died on 8 May 1538 and was buried in the church of St Mary Mounthaw, London. Foxe is credited with the authorship of several proverbial sayings, such as "the surest way to peace is a constant preparedness for war" and "time and I will challenge any two in the world." However, the former is a paraphrase of si vis pacem, para bellum , while the latter is more usually ascribed to Philip II of Spain. [4]

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  1. 1 2 Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Fox, Edward"  . Encyclopædia Britannica . 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 765.
  2. "Fox, Edward (FS512E)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. Andrew A. Chibi, ‘Fox, Edward (1496–1538)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 24 March 2017
  4. 1 2 3 Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Fox, Edward"  . Encyclopædia Britannica . 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 765.
  5. Haigh, Christopher (1993). English reformations : religion, politics, and society under the Tudors (Reprinted. ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 122. ISBN   0198221622.
  6. Horn, Joyce M., ed. (1962), Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300–1541, 2, pp. 1–3
  7. Haigh, Christopher (1993). English reformations : religion, politics, and society under the Tudors (Reprinted. ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 126–28. ISBN   0198221622.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Hacomblen
Provost of King's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
George Day
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Charles Booth
Bishop of Hereford
Succeeded by
Edmund Bonner