What do they all have in Common?
Parker served as chaplain to Anne Boleyn, was involved in implementing the Thirty Nine Articles, a set of doctrines within the Church of England, he was also an avid book collector, salvaging medieval manuscripts that were set to be destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries. His efforts meant he left us a priceless collection of manuscripts that are now housed at the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
But did you know that Matthew Parker was the first 'Nosey Parker'?
A nosey parker as you will all know, means someone who pokes their nose into other peoples business. Allegedly, people thought Parker was far too inquisitive about church matters for his own good, they also thought he had rather a long nose.
Here's the man himself. His nose looks okay to me.
“You’re a askin’ too many questions for me, there’s too much of Mr. Nosey Parker about you.”
My favourite has to be the 1907 'Adventures of Mr Nosey Parker' a set of postcards illustrating the antic's of a gentleman who never minded his own business.
Interestingly the word Parker is a medieval term, being used for an official in charge of a park, a park-keeper.