Philip Stubbs

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For the Archdeacon of St Albans, see Philip Stubbs (priest).

Philip Stubbs (Stubbes) (c. 1555 – c. 1610), English pamphleteer, was born about 1555.

He was from Cheshire, possibly the area near Congleton. According to Anthony Wood he was educated at Cambridge and subsequently at Oxford,[1] but did not take a degree and his name is not in university records. He is reputed to have been a brother or near relation of John Stubbs. He married Katherine Emmes (1570/71 –1590) in 1586.

He started writing about 1581 and in 1583 published his best-known work, The Anatomie of Abuses. This consisted of a virulent attack on the manners, customs, amusements and fashions of the period, and is still valuable for its copious information on those matters. In 1591 Stubbs published A Christal Glass for Christian Women, of which at least seven editions were called for, and he followed this with other semi-devotional works. He died in about 1610.

Written Works[edit]

  • 1581, Two Wunderfull and Rare Examples
  • 1582, A View of Vanitie, and Allarum to England, or, Retrait from Sinne (now lost)
  • 1583, The Anatomie of Abuses
  • 1583, The Display of Corruptions (part 2 of The Anatomie of Abuses)
  • 1583, The Rosarie of Christian Praiers and Meditations (now lost)
  • 1585, The Intended Treason of Doctor Parrie
  • 1585, The Theater of the Popes Monarchie
  • 1591, A Christal Glasse for Christian Women -- biography of his wife, Katherine Stubbes (née Emmes)
  • 1592, A Perfect Pathway to Felicitie
  • 1593, Motive to Good Workes


  1. ^ "Stubbs, Philip (STBS555P)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 


  • Alexandra Walsham, "Stubbes, Philip (b. c.1555, d. in or after 1610)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. Online version -- access limited.
  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.