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Pecock or Peacock, Reginald

(pē`kŏk), c.1395–c.1460, English bishop and writer. He obtained the bishopric of St. Asaph in 1444 and transferred to Chichester in 1450. A learned, active, and controversial figure, Pecock is important as one of the first English writers to use the vernacular. He is the author of the Repressor of Over-much Blaming of the Clergy (c.1455), against the Lollards, and of other works. Because his religious views opposed the conventional theological thought of the time, he was accused of heresy and had to make public abjuration and resign his bishopric.
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1927 The reule of crysten religioun (by Reginald Pecock.
v] of the manuscript preserves one of the seventeen copies of a popular Middle English poem (Index of Middle English Verse 4181) attributed very dubiously to Bishop Reginald Pecock, who was said to have delivered himself of the lines during his forced recantation of 1457.
For Pecock's abjuration at Paul's Cross, 4 December 1457, during which his books were burned, see the extract from Gascoigne's Theological Dictionary reprinted in Reginald Pecock, The Repressor of Over Much Blaming of the Clergy, ed.
The problem of lay access to books was addressed in theory and in practice by Reginald Pecock, in his sermons and other writings.
The imaginative schemes of John Colop and Reginald Pecock for financing books through charity are related to each other still more closely, for both are associated with an equally innovative, and much larger-scale, exercise of book charity in fifteenth-century London.
34) Reginald Pecock was rector at St Michael Paternoster for the last ten years of Carpenter's life.
Carpenter nominated Reginald Pecock, together with William Lichfield, rector of All Hallows, to select books to be placed in the Guildhall library for the benefit of students and popular preachers, and other visitors, all of whom should be required to pray for his soul:
52) Responsibility for the running of the Bristol library, including explaining uncertain points of Scripture to readers, when it opened in 1464, was given to John Harlow, an Oxford theologian who had been found guilty of supporting Reginald Pecock.