Thomas Beccon

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Sometimes spelled Thomas Becon.


Born: ca. 1511

Died: 1567


Thomas Beccon was a British Protestant reformer from Norfolk. He was arrested for Protestant preaching and was forced to recant around 1540. He then began to write under the pen name of Theodore Basille. When Edward VI came to the throne in 1547, Beccon was made chaplain to the Lord Protector. Thomas Cranmer made him one of the Six Preachers of Canterbury, and a chaplain in Cranmer's own household. When Queen Mary came to the throne in 1553, he was divested of his ecclesiastical positions. He went to Strasbourg and then to Frankfurt, and he taught at Marburg University around 1556–1559. When Elizabeth came to power, he returned to England and was made a canon of the Canterbury Cathedral in 1559.
Beccon contributed A Psalm Before Evening Prayer and A Psalm Before Morning Prayer to the Whole Booke of Psalmes (Sternhold, Hopkins, et al.) in 1567 and after.

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