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University Of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2, Regno Unito
Gonville and Caius College, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1TA, Regno Unito
Thomas Legge (1535 – 12 July 1607) was an English playwright, prominently known for his play Richardus Tertius, which is considered to be the first history play written in England.
Legge was the second of three sons born to Stephen and Margaret Legge in 1535. Originally from Norwich, Legge moved to Cambridge in 1552 where he matriculated to Corpus Christi College . Soon after he moved again to attend Trinity College, where he received a B.A. in 1556. He then went on to attend Oxford in 1566, where he received his master's degree. In 1568 Legge became a member of the faculty at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was known to be an active tutor and a proponent of the old way of thinking in religious matters. On 27 June 1573 Legge was appointed master of Caius College, taking many students from Jesus College with him when he left. While in office at Caius, Legge stirred up trouble by promoting John Depup, M.A. to a fellowship, which Dr. Caius disagreed with because of Depup's leanings towards Catholic opinions. Legge was also accused of treating letters sent from the queen with contempt, and was charged with misappropriating college funds, a charge that was later settled within the administrative officials of the school. Legge occupied many different positions at Caius, becoming commissary to the university in May 1579, and spent two separate terms, from 1587–1588 and 1592–1593, as the vice-chancellor. Legge died on 12 July 1607 and was buried in Caius College Chapel. In his will he left money to Caius College, which was used to build up the north side of the front court of the school.
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