John Colet

John Colet (kŏ´lĬt), 1467?–1519, English humanist and theologian. While studying on the Continent (1493–96), Colet became interested in classical scholarship and in theories of education. After his residency at Oxford as a lecturer, in 1505 he became dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London. He planned the new St. Paul's School (1509) and endowed it from his private fortune. With William Lily, the school's first headmaster, and Erasmus, he collaborated on a Latin grammar that was later called the Eton grammar and used by generations of schoolboys. Colet did not, himself, break with the Roman Church, but his ideas on church reform were influential later. Most of his writings were unpublished until the late 19th cent.

See biography by J. H. Lupton (2d ed. 1961); F. Seebohm, The Oxford Reformers (1913, repr. 1971).

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John Colet and the Platonic Tradition
Leland Miles.
Open Court, 1961
The Better Part of Valor: More, Erasmus, Colet, and Vives, on Humanism, War, and Peace, 1496-1535
Robert P. Adams.
University of Washington Press, 1962
John Colet and Marsilio Ficino
Sears Jayne.
Oxford University Press, 1963
The Great Tudors
Katharine Garvin.
I. Nicholson & Watson, Limited, 1935
Librarian’s tip: "John Colet 1466-1519" begins on p. 35
English Literary Criticism: The Renascence
J. W. H. Atkins.
Methuen, 1951 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "Humanism in England: Colet, Erasmus, and Vives"
FREE! The Movement towards Catholic Reform in the Early XVI Century
George V. Jourdan.
John Murray, 1914
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Bible Teaching at Oxford before Colet" and Chap. III "Colet as Dean of St. Paul's Education and Satire as Measures Adopted for the Betterment of Religion"
FREE! A History of the Reformation
Thomas M. Lindsay.
T & T Clark, vol.1, 1907 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "John Colet" begins on p. 163
English Reformations: Religion, Politics, and Society under the Tudors
Christopher Haigh.
Clarendon Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John Colet begins on p. 8
The Earlier Tudors, 1485-1558
J. D. Mackie.
Clarendon Press, 1952
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John Colet begins on p. 240
The Praise of Wisdom: A Commentary on the Religious and Moral Problems and Backgrounds of St. Thomas More's Utopia
Edward L. Surtz.
Loyola University Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of John Colet in multiple chapters
Pre-Reformation England
H. Maynard Smith.
MacMillan, 1938
Librarian’s tip: "Colet the Puritan" begins on p. 452
John Milton at St. Paul's School: A Study of Ancient Rhetoric in English Renaissance Education
Donald Lemen Clark.
Columbia University Press, 1948
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John Colet begins on p. 100
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