John Colet was a humanist dean from St. Paul’s. He is notable for his 1511 speech to convocation (the Church equivalent of a Parliament) where he argued for widespread reforms of the Church including an end to the lifestyle of many clergy which were seen as more secular than Godly, as well as ‘reformation of the Church estate’. He is used as an example by those who see the Reformation as more than just due to King Henry VIII’s immediate requirements. For these historians this suggests the reforms which took place had a deeper root inside the Church itself.
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