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Richard Fiddes (1671- 1725) was an Englishmarker Anglican priest and historian.

Life

He was born at Hunmanbymarker and educated at Oxford Universitymarker. He took orders, and obtained the living of Halshammarker in Holderness in 1696. Owing to ill-health he applied for leave to reside at Wickhammarker, and in 1712 he removed to Londonmarker on the plea of poverty, intending to pursue a literary career.

In London he met Jonathan Swift, who procured him a chaplaincy at Hullmarker. He also became chaplain to the earl of Oxford. After losing the Hull chaplaincy through a change of ministry in 1714, he devoted himself to writing. His best book is a Life of Cardinal Wolsey (London, 1724), containing documents which are still valuable for reference; of his other writings the Prefatory Epistle containing some remarks to be published on Homer's Iliad (London, 1714), was occasioned by Alexander Pope's proposed translation of the Iliad, and his Theologia speculativa (London, 1718), earned him the degree of D.D. at Oxford. In his own day he had a considerable reputation as an author and man of learning.

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