John Stubbs

1543?-1591. Protestant controversialist. Born in Norfolk and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Lincoln's Inn, he then returned to Norfolk to live on the family estate. He abhorred Roman Catholicism and viewed any compromise with it as dangerous. A proposed marriage between Queen Elizabeth and the Catholic Henry, duke of Anjou, was the occasion for his Discoverie of a gaping gulf whereinto England is like to be swallowed... (1579). For this publication his publisher and his printer and he himself were arrested, and after much legal discussion, Stubbs and William Page, the publisher, had their right hands cut off (1679). Stubbs protested his loyalty to the queen, but was still sent back to prison, to be released a few months later. After his release he continued to defend Protestantism, and he also translated a book of Theodore Beza* on the Psalms. He was elected member of Parliament for Yarmouth in 1589 and died at Le Havre when on a visit to France.