Harpsfeld or Harpsfield, John

Harpsfeld or Harpsfield, John was born about 1510, and died in London in 1578. He was educated at Winchester School and New College, Oxford, whereof he was admitted fellow in 1534. He became chaplain to 'bishop Bonner, whose bitter persecuting spirit he shared, and was collated to St. Martin's, Ludgate, in 1554, but resigned in 1558, on being presented to the living of Lavndon in Essex. Shortly before the death of queen Mary he was made dean of Norwich, but on the accession of Elizabeth was deprived of that post, and committed to the Fleet Prison until he gave security for his good behavior. His published works are Concio ad Clerum (London, 1553, 8vo): — Homilies (London, 1554-56; he wrote 9 of Bonner's Homilies) — Supputatio tempoumn a diluvio ad a. D. 1559 (London, 1560). He wrote also some Disputations and Epistles to be found in Fox's Acts and Monuments. — Rose, New Géneralé Biog. Dict. 8: — 212; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Géneralé, 23, 442 Allibone, Dictionary of Authors, 1, 788; Wood, Athen. Oxon. 1. (J. W. M.)

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