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Reginald Pecock

(c. 1395—1460) bishop of Chichester and religious author


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(1395–c. 1460),

a Welshman who became bishop successively of St Asaph and Chichester. Most of his writings employ the syllogistic logic of the Scholastics, and many were directed against the Lollards, notably his Repressor of Over Much Blaming of the Clergy (1455), a monument of 15th‐cent. English prose of considerable eloquence and lexical variety. His Book of Faith was issued in 1456, and in his Donet and the Folewer to the Donet he sought to define a body of faith acceptable to all. He alienated by his writings all sections of theological opinion in England, was arraigned before the archbishop of Canterbury, and obliged to resign his bishopric and recant his opinions (1458). His work has considerable importance for its development of the English vocabulary, which he added to, both by loan‐translations and by borrowings.

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