St John Fisher

St John Fisher

This special new edition of St John Fisher has been beautifully reprinted to celebrate Archbishop Vincent Nichols becoming a Cardinal on 22 February 2014. Including a new introduction from the Cardinal himself, and a beautifully embossed front cover, this book is a fantastic addition to any bookshelf.

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John Fisher was beheaded at Tower Hill on 22 June 1535, a few weeks before Thomas More met the same fate. Fisher and More were both Catholics who were executed because of their refusal to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the English Church. They were canonised in 1935.

Vincent Nichols’ fluent, accessible and original study of John Fisher, written nearly forty years ago and only recently rediscovered, uses primary sources to demonstrate that parish and academic life on the eve of the Reformation was more dynamic and vigorous than is usually portrayed, alert to the need for reform and to rise to the challenges of the new learning. Yet although Fisher taught in university colleges and became embroiled in the bitter controversies of the Reformation, his heart lay in the priesthood, in prayer, study of the scriptures and love of the poor. He was a man of humility, faithfulness and outstanding courage.

Kevin Eastell adds a brief survey of significant research and scholarship on the Reformation in England since Nichols completed his study, which augments and freshens, and fills some gaps in the picture.

‘This is a remarkable piece of work, learned, perceptive, and in its broad conclusions, spot on; at the time of writing it was at least ten years ahead of the game. Some of the material has been overtaken by later research, but only in the sense that Archbishop Nichols touches on issues which later work amplifies.’
Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity,
University of Cambridge.

‘John Fisher was the most learned and influential theologian whom England produced before John Henry Newman - and one of its most remarkable bishops. This book analyses with rare skill his intellectual and spiritual development, and the strengths and shortcomings of his enormous output of writings against Luther and other early Protestants.’
Jack Scarisbrick, Emeritus Professor of History,
University of Warwick.

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St John Fisher

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This special new edition of St John Fisher has been beautifully reprinted to celebrate Archbishop Vincent Nichols becoming a Cardinal on 22 February 2014. Including a new introduction from the Cardinal himself, and a beautifully embossed front cover, this book is a fantastic addition to any bookshelf.

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