Vicar of Bray

/ (breɪ) /

noun

a vicar (Simon Aleyn) appointed to the parish of Bray in Berkshire during Henry VIII's reign who changed his faith to Catholic when Mary I was on the throne and back to Protestant when Elizabeth I succeeded and so retained his living
Also called: In Good King Charles's Golden Days a ballad in which the vicar's changes of faith are transposed to the Stuart period
a person who changes his or her views or allegiances in accordance with what is suitable at the time

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