Famous People from the Cambridgeshire

Cheke, Sir John (1514-1557)

Humanist and scholar, born in Cambridge. Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge from 1529, he adopted the doctrines of the Reformation, and was appointed the first Regius professor of Greek at Cambridge (1540). In 1554 he was appointed tutor to the Prince of Wales (later Edward VI), whose accession secured him a seat in parliament (1547) and a knighthood (1552). After the accession of Mary I he was imprisoned (1553-4), then went abroad to teach. In 1556 he was brought back to the Tower, where he was forced to recant his Protestantism publicly.

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