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MAY, or MEY(E), WILLIAM (d. 156o)

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 931 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MAY, or MEY(E), WILLIAM (d. 156o), English divine, was the brother of John May, bishop of Carlisle. He was educated at Cambridge, where he was a fellow of Trinity Hall, and in 1537, president of Queen's College. May heartily supported the Reformation, signed the Ten Articles in 1536, and helped in the production of The Institution of a Christian Man. He had close connexion with the diocese of Ely, being successively chancellor, vicar-general and prebendary. In 1545 Christian era. They appear to have reached Yucatan as early as the 5th century. From the evidence of the Quiche chronicles, which are said to date back to about A.D. 700, Guatemala was shortly afterwards overrun. Physically the Mayans are a dark-skinned, round-headed, short and sturdy type. Although they were already decadent when the Spaniards arrived they made a fierce resistance. They still form the bulk of the inhabitants of Yucatan. For their culture, ruined cities, &c. see CENTRAL AMERICA and MEXICO.
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