The Remains of Edmund Grindal: Successively Bishop of London and Archbishop of York and Canterbury

The Remains of Edmund Grindal: Successively Bishop of London and Archbishop of York and Canterbury

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The Remains of Edmund Grindal: Successively Bishop of London and Archbishop of York and Canterbury

The Remains of Edmund Grindal: Successively Bishop of London and Archbishop of York and Canterbury

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The following account of this Dialogue is from Strype, Life of Grindal, p. 464.

"I do not find our Archbishop left much in print behind him: yet one tract (whereof, as we are informed by the foresaid MS. history , he was author) may be worth mentioning to such who have any mind to see a specimen of his learning, viz. a Dialogue between Custom and Truth, which is still to be seen in John Fox Acts and Monuments; written in a clear method, and with much rational evidence, against the real, that is, the gross and corporal, presence in the sacrament. Fox indeed concealeth his name, (forbid, I suppose, by the author to disclose it,) only signifying, 'that it was writ by a certain learned and reverend person of this realm.'

"This discourse was writ by him soon after his coming back into England, for the better service of the church, that was then to be purged of popish doctrines and superstitions; as appears from those words, wherein Custom is brought in thus speaking: 'Are you so great a stranger in these quarters? Hear you not how men do daily speak against the sacrament of the altar, denying it to be the real body of Christ?' Verity answereth, 'In sooth, I have been a great while abroad, and returned but of late into this country: wherefore you must pardon me, if my answers be to seek in such questions. But you have been longer here, &c.' In this tract, after he had excellently explained the sense of those words of Christ, This is my body, he proceeded to produce divers sentences out of the ancient bishops . . .

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