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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Matthew Parker

Matthew 'Nosey' Parker (1504-1575), was the original 'Nosey' Parker. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury between 1559 and 1575 in which capacity he devoted much of his time to historical research to discover the roots of the new English church. This involved the archbishop asking many questions of people who had been around during the English church's break with Rome and his relentless questioning combined with his rather long nose caused his critics to dub him "Nosey Parker".

Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-1575)

Probably Parker's most famous saying, prompted by the arrival of Mary Queen of Scots in England, was "I fear our good Queen has the wolf by the ears"

Matthew Parker was a keen book collector. His De Antiquitate Britannicae Ecclesiae was the first privately printed English book.

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