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Roaring John Rogers

When John Rogers (c.1570–1636) first went up to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, as a student in February 1588, he proved to be a complete wastrel.

History Professor Michael Haykin
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Statue of John Rogers in Dedham Church

His way was being paid by his uncle, a well-known Puritan preacher by the name of Richard Rogers (1551–1618), but John sold all of his books so as to spend the proceeds on various sinful pastimes. Not surprisingly, John was asked to leave Emmanuel College, a hotbed of Puritan theology and piety.