Fuller, Thomas (16081661)

Fuller, Thomas, historian, divine, and wit, born in Northamptonshire, son of the rector of Sarum; entering into holy orders, he held in succession several benefices in the Church of England, and was a prebend in Salisbury Cathedral; taking sides with the king, he lost favour under the Commonwealth; wrote a number of works, in which one finds combined gaiety and piety, good sense and whimsical fancy; composed among other works the “History of the Holy War,” a “History of the Crusades,” “The Holy and the Profane States,” the “Church History of Great Britain,” and the “Worthies of England,” the last his principal work, and published posthumously; he was a man of great shrewdness, broad sympathies, and a kindly nature; was an author much admired by Charles Lamb (16081661).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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