William Cobbett was born in 1763 at Surrey, England. An author, farmer and journalist, he yearned for something more than his simple country life could afford, and became intimately familiar with the English language while enlisted with Nova Scotia. Noted for his efforts which served as a preamble to the Reform Bill of 1832, as well as for his aversion to authority and novelty, Mr. Cobbett is most famous for his Rural Rides, which was printed in 1830. He also composed A History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland, which amounts to a thrilling and accurate portrayal of the untold disasters of the times during the Reform. He died on the eighteenth of June, 1835, at the age of seventy-two.
Written between 1824 and 1827 by an English Protestant, "A History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland" has been reprinted many times by Catholic publishers because it gives the true and usually untold story of the Protestant Revolt in England during the 16th century, revealing its disastrous consequences in the lives of the people. William Cobbett is unabashedly pro-Catholic in this writing, showing that England was far better off before the Protestant "Reformation" of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I than she was afterwards.