aylmer, john

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aylmer, john

Anglican bishop of London in the reign of Elizabeth I, known for his vigorous enforcement of the Act of Uniformity (1559) within his Church of England diocese. His harsh treatment of all (whether Puritan or Roman Catholic) who differed with him on ecclesiastical questions caused him to be attacked in the anti-episcopal Marprelate Tracts (1588-89) and to be characterized as "Morrell," the bad shepherd, in Edmund Spenser's The Shepheardes Calender (1579).

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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