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Schism dis-arm'd of the defensive weapons, lent it by Doctor Hammond and the bishop of Derry.

Sergeant, John.

Published by M. Blageart, Paris, 1655
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John Sergeant (1622?1707) converted to Catholicism from the Church of England after researching the history of the early Church. He was ordained to the priesthood and undertook a career as a controversialist against Protestantism, writing many works. This one is a Catholic answer to Henry Hammond's (1605-60) Of Schisme, and John Bramhall's (1594?1663) A Just Vindication of the Church of England from the Unjust Aspersion of Criminal Schism. Hammond and Bramhall were leading Anglican divines of the high-church party, and in attacking them Sergeant reveals the influence that that party still commanded, even at its lowest ebb under Cromwell. His argument is largely a defense of the Papacy against those who would assert the historical independence of the Church of England. => This is the sole edition of this important Recusant work. It is also a volume that shows such controversy was definitely not ?dry?; for its presentation at our website, we photographed the start of Sergeant's explanation/defense of his personal animus against his antagonist, and also the ?Stationer's? description of the polemical feast to come, this worked out as a menu or "Bill of Fare"! Provenance: On the recto of the second front fly-leaf is a presentation inscription: "For my honnord & best frind, Master John Bulteel." The most likely John Bulteel is the one who was created M.A. at Oxford in 1661, and later served as secretary to Edward, Earl of Clarendon. 8vo (14 cm, 5.5"). [8] ff., 333, [1] pp. Wing (rev. ed.) S2589; ESTC R6168; Clancy, English Catholic Books, 1641?1700, 897. On Sergeant, see: The Dictionary of National Biography, LI, 251?53. On Bramhall, see: DNB, VI, 203?206. On Hammond, see: DNB, XXIV, 242?46. Contemporary mottled calf, with remnants of modest double gilt rules on covers; rubbed and joints open, front cover detached. Browning from turn-ins on fly-leaves, last leaves, and fore-edge of title-page, as well as moderately to a few signatures, with a little occasional light waterstaining; otherwise, the expectable degrees of age-toning and spotting only. Bookseller Inventory # 7067

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Title: Schism dis-arm'd of the defensive weapons, ...

Publisher: M. Blageart, Paris

Publication Date: 1655

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