This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 Excerpt: ...in Parliament. § 24. The queen stops them. § 25. Other work of Convocation. § 26. Project for revaluing clerical incomes. § 27. Insidious attacks on Whitgift. § 28. Walsingham induces him to relax the Subscription Test. § 29. Whitgift made a privy councillor. § 1. On the death of Archbishop Grindal the queen was resolved to put into the place of chief governor of the Church a Prelate whom she could thoroughly trust as able and willing to enforce conformity without fear or favour. For this purpose she selected Dr. John Whitgift, Bishop of Worcester. Whitgift was born at Great Grimsby, in Lincolnshire, in 1530. For many years he was the leading man at Cambridge as master of Trinity, regius professor of divinity, and vice-chancellor. He had shown himself an uncompromising opponent of the Puritans by procuring the expulsion of Thomas Cartwright. The queen had heard him preach, and much admired him, and had made him first Dean of Lincoln (1571), then Bishop of Worcester (1577.) He had been selected by the Canterbury Convocation as their prolocutor (1572), and had been appointed by Archbishop Parker as the divine most suitable to answer "the Admonition to Parliament." No divine in England united so many testimonies as to ability, learning, and energy, and none could have been chosen who was more suited for the work which he was called to perform. § 2. That work was year by year increasing in difficulty, and the disorganised state of the Church, consequent upon Archbishop Grindal's suspension, had added strength to the obstacles which opposed it. In an attempt to produce conformity to the legal settlement of the Church of England, the rulers of the Church had to contend--first, against the Nonconformists declared a...
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