Patrick Collinson, CBE (1929–2011), was Regius Professor of Modern
History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College and the
British Academy. The leading historian of sixteenth-century religion and
politics of his generation, he was the author of many important books, notably The
Elizabethan Puritan Movement, The Religion of Protestants: The Church in
English Society, 1559–1625, and The Birthpangs of Protestant England.
He also published several collections of his essays, including Godly People,
From Cranmer to Sancroft, and This England.