Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature – John Fisher


(c.1469 – 1535) Controversialist and scholar, born at Beverley, and educated at Cambridge, entered the Church, and became in 1504 Bishop of Rochester. He wrote in Latin against the doctrines of the Reformation, but was a supporter of the New Learning, and endeavoured to get Erasmus to teach Greek at Cambridge. Through his influence the Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity were founded at both the University by Margaret Countess of Richmond, and in 1502 he became first professor at Cambridge, where he was also (1505-8) Head of Queen’s College. He was also instrumental in founding Christ’s and Saint John’s Colleges. For opposing the divorce proceedings of Henry VIII he was burned. Made a cardinal in 1535, he was beatified in 1886.

MLA Citation

  • John William Cousin. “John Fisher”. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 May 2014. Web. 24 January 2019. <>