Correspondence of Matthew Parker, D.D.: Comprising Letters Written by and to Him, from A. D. 1535, to His Death, A. D. 1575

Correspondence of Matthew Parker, D.D.: Comprising Letters Written by and to Him, from A. D. 1535, to His Death, A. D. 1575

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Correspondence of Matthew Parker, D.D.: Comprising Letters Written by and to Him, from A. D. 1535, to His Death, A. D. 1575

Correspondence of Matthew Parker, D.D.: Comprising Letters Written by and to Him, from A. D. 1535, to His Death, A. D. 1575

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It is not deemed necessary to introduce the Correspondence of Archbishop Parker to the members of the society which bears his name, by any lengthened or express biography. To consider his career in detail, would be to write the ecclesiastical history, and indeed no small portion also of the literary history, of the most important part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Such a work, however valuable, would be foreign to the purpose of the Parker Society; the design of which is to furnish materials, rather than treatises; to publish authorities, rather than to draw conclusions.

But, in truth, although not in the form of an express biography, this volume contains within itself what is really and truly a Life of Archbishop Parker. In what esteem he was held by Archbishop Cranmer and others of the Reformers of the English church, by what steps he rose to the archbishoprick, how he exercised the authority of that exalted office, what difficulties he had to encounter, and by what spirit the whole tenour of his life was animated, these things --

To his well-beloved, master Parcare, chaplain to the Queen's good grace."
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