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Holsome and catholyke doctryne concernynge the seuen Sacramentes of Chrystes Church, expedient to be knowen of al men, sette forth in maner of shorte sermons to bee made to the people, by the reuerende father in God, Thomas bishoppe of Lincolne. anno. 1558. Mense Februarij.

Watson, Thomas (1513-84)

Published by in ædibus Roberti Caly, typographi, [really J. Kingston, Feb., London:, 1558
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Quarto: [ ]2, A-X8 Reinstituting English Catholicism under Mary TudorA Pirated Edition An interesting, pirated edition of these thirty sermons by Thomas Watson, Bishop of Lincoln from 1556-58. Robert Caly printed the true first edition in February 1558. ?The woodcut initials are those of John Kingston, but regarding Thomas Marsh?s possible help in printing this see Acts P.C., 1556-1558, p. 346. Caly refers to this pirated ed. in his edition of June 7 1558 (STC 25114.)? -FolgerThomas Watson, an ardent catholic and disciple of Stephen Gardiner, bishop of Winchester, resisted and preached against Protestant reforms during the protectorate of Edward VI. He narrowly avoided prosecution for treason and, as Gardiner?s chaplain, was imprisoned with him in the Fleet from 1550-1551. With the accession of Mary Tudor in 1553, Watson played a key role in the reversal of Protestant reforms and the reinstitution of Catholicism. Watson prepared the present work ?for use in parish churches where the parish priest was not able or qualified to preach; this was one of a number of responses to the drive by Cardinal Pole to reform and revive the English church in the Catholic faith by the provision of educational material for the laity.?(DNB)With the accession of Elizabeth, the program of Catholic reform and, with it, Watson?s career came to an end. Watson spent most of the remainder of his life, from 1558 to 1584, in prison. He was first taken to the Tower in 1559. He was deprived of his bishopric and released. Watson was repeatedly found in violation of the terms of his release, which stated that he would not act ?contrary to the laws of the established religion, nor seek to induce others to any such contrary act or opinion.? Among the charges made against Watson at the trials of various Catholics was that he ?continued to exercise episcopal functions even after his deprivation and confinement.? The mounting troubles faced by Queen Elizabeth: the bull of excommunication issued in 1570, the efforts of recusants to continue their activities in England, the Jesuit missions of the early 1580?s, all made the management of Watson and other Catholics more difficult. ?In 1580 a solution was offered by Richard Cox, namely that the recalcitrant clergy should be sent to Wisbech Castle, a former palace of the bishops of Ely, which was suitable for use as a prison. It stood on a high terrace surrounded by a moat. Possibly because of its location in the fens of East Anglia, later bishops allowed it to fall into disrepair, and by 1580 it was in a ruinous and dilapidated condition, as well as in what the Jesuit Robert Persons described as ?a most unhealthy spot? (Hicks, 79)? Watson died in prison in Wisbech Castle in September 1584. He was buried in the church of St Peter and St Paul, just outside the castle, on 27 September.? (Kenneth Carleton, DNB) STC 25113 Bound in 19th-century three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards, with wear to the joints and extremities. Printed in black letter and with a few woodcut initials. This copy is in very good condition with a few minor faults: The lower fore-corners of the first three leaves have been snipped away, far from the text and with no loss. The first few leaves are lightly soiled and there are a few incidental stains. PIRATED EDITION, printed in the year of the first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 2674D

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Title: Holsome and catholyke doctryne concernynge ...

Publisher: in ædibus Roberti Caly, typographi, [really J. Kingston, Feb., London:

Publication Date: 1558

Binding: Hardcover

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