WISDOM (or WISEDOME), Robert. date of birth unknown; d. Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, 1568 (buried 20 September). Nothing is known of his early life: he is first recorded as curate of All Hallows, Oxford, in 1537. He became an effective and controversial preacher in London in the 1540s, often in trouble with the traditionalist clergy. He was forced to recant publicly in 1543, with his friend Thomas Becon*. He escaped further trouble by fleeing to Bremen in 1546, but returned to England during the reign of Edward VI (1547-1553), when in 1550 he was appointed rector of Settrington in Yorkshire. He was an exile again during the reign of Mary Tudor (1553-1558), living in Strasbourg and Heidelberg...
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