John King (1559-1621), Bishop of London
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A celebrated Calvinist preacher, King was at one time chaplain to the Lord Keeper Thomas Egerton. The latter's household included John Donne, who became a close friend of King's eldest son, Henry. Upon his arrival in London in 1603, James I made King one of his chaplains in ordinary. He was one of the most popular court preachers of the reign, held in high regard by Queen Anne and praised in punning fashion by James as 'the king of preachers'. King was consecrated Bishop of London in 1611. In his last years he presided over a campaign for the restoration of St Paul's Cathedral where he was eventually buried.