About John White
John White, Bishop of Winchester, who flourished under Queen Mary I but was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth I immediately upon her accession. Tradition has it that he referred disparagingly to Elizabeth in Mary's funeral oration, citing the old adage "a live dog is better than a dead lion", and that Elizabeth (predictably) took umbrage and got even.
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http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45541 P. 224. Funeral of the late bishop of Winchester. John White, warden of Winchester college, consecrated bishop of Lincoln 1554 (see p. 58), translated to Winchester 1556, deprived 1559. He was brother to alderman sir John White, to whose house he had been allowed to repair on coming out of the Tower (see p. 203), this being an instance (to which there are many parallels) of two brothers bearing the same Christian name. Sir Thomas White, of South Warnborough, Hampshire, was his brother-in-law, for, though not nearly related in paternal descent, there had been two marriages which connected the families, sir Thomas White having married Agnes sister to the bishop and sir John, and sir John having married for his first wife Sibell sister of sir Thomas White. See the Collectanea Topogr. et Geneal. vol. vii. p. 212.
JOHN WHITE, LORD BISHOP OF WINCHESTER, was born at Farnham, educated at Winchester (in Wyckham’s school there), admitted perpetual fellow of New College, Oxford, in 1527; graduated to M. A. in March 23, 1533-4, being appointed in 1534 to Mastership in Winchester School in place of Richard Tuchiner. Afterwards he was Rector of Cheyton, near Winchester; then made Warden of Winchester College in 1541; sent to the Tower for his Papal proclivities in 1550 under King Edward VI., restored to liberty by Queen Mary; made Bishop, first of Lincoln in 1554, and, second, of Winchester in 1556. He preached Queen Mary’s funeral sermon in 1559, and used certain expressions in it, which gave mortal offense to Elizabeth. After bestowing much praise upon Mary he proceeded to say she had left a sister to succeed her, a lady of great worth also, whom they were now bound to obey; for, saith he, “melior est canis vivus leone mortuo” (a living dog is better than a dead lion)–certainly not a very elegant compliment to Queen Elizabeth. He was again committed to custody, and actually threatened, together with another Romanizing Bishop (Watson), to excommunicate the Queen, so was deprived of his bishoprick in 1559. He was allowed to retire to his sister’s house at South Warnborough in Hampshire. Strype, the historian, says, “He died of ague Jan. 12, 1559 or 1560, at Sir Thomas White’s place in Hampshire, and on the 15th was carried and buried at Winchester.” (Memorials, Vol. II, p. 265, Note.)