(1608—1661) Church of England clergyman
became, after the Restoration, ‘chaplain in extraordinary’ to the king. He published The Historie of the Holy Warre (i.e. of the Crusades) in 1639; The Holy State and the Profane State (1642); Good Thoughts in Bad Times (1645); A Pisgah‐Sight of Palestine (1650), a topographical and historical work; and The Church‐History of Britain; with the History of the University of Cambridge (1655). The History of the Worthies of England (1662) is his best‐known and most characteristic work. His writings are marked by a lively and eccentric curiosity, by ‘fantastic caprices’ (L. Stephen), and by a fondness for aphorisms.