|1.||Sir John Eliot. born 1943, British conductor, noted for performances using period instruments; founded the Monteverdi Choir in 1965 and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in 1990|
|2.||Stephen. ?1483--1555, English bishop and statesman; lord chancellor (1553--55). He opposed Protestantism, supporting the anti-Reformation policies of Mary I|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
English bishop and statesman, a leading exponent of conservatism in the first generation of the English Reformation. Although he supported the antipapal policies of King Henry VIII (ruled 1509-47), Gardiner rejected Protestant doctrine and ultimately backed the severe Roman Catholicism of Queen Mary I (ruled 1553-58).
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