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Alexander Alesius

1500-1565. Scottish Reformer. Born [[Alexander Alane]] in Edinburgh, he graduated at St. Andrews and became canon of the priory there. Applauded for public refutation of Luther's arguments (he admitted later to have borrowed his major points from Bishop Fisher of Rochester), he was selected in 1528 to reclaim [[Patrick Hamilton]]* from Lutheranism. This produced only a change of heart in himself and his own imprisonment and subsequent flight to Germany (1532), where he met Luther and Melanchthon. About 1535 he went to England, was warmly welcomed by Cranmer and Latimer, and by [[Henry VIII]] himself who secured for Alesius a teaching post at Cambridge where he was said to have been the first to deliver lectures on the Hebrew Scriptures. Finding his life endangered there, however, he returned to London and practised medicine. When the king changed direction once more and issued decrees upholding transubstantiation and clerical celibacy, Alesius went back to Germany (1540). He taught