Lancelot Andrewes, 1555-1626

Lancelot Andrewes, 1555-1626

Lancelot Andrewes, 1555-1626

Lancelot Andrewes, 1555-1626

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In the Church of St Saviour, Southwark, on 11 November 1626, John Buckeridge, Bishop of Rochester, preached the sermon at the funeral of Lancelot Andrewes, late Bishop of Winchester. Three years later when he and William Laud, acting on the command of King Charles I, published the Collected Sermons of Bishop Andrewes, as an act of piety to his memory, they saw fit to include this valedictory oration. Although it is mostly composed of instruction and exhortation on sacrifice, the last few pages contain a brief account of the bishop's life and an appreciation of his work and character, couched in the adulatory terms customary in that age on such an occasion. After a lapse of twenty years there appeared in 1650 The Life and Death of the late . . . Lancelot Andrewes, by Henry Isaacson, who at one time had acted as Andrewes's amanuensis. This was a somewhat fuller account of the bishop's life, but the estimate of his work and character was in much the same vein as Buckeridge's.

These two works, eked out with a few anecdotes and appreciations supplied by such authors as Sir John Harington, Thomas Fuller, John Hacket, and John Aubrey, formed the basis of all future accounts of Andrewes up until the middle of the nineteenth century. On matters of fact, indeed, they will always be basic. In 1860, however, A. T. Russell published a long and rambling work which contained a large collection of fresh material, utilized in an uncritical and unselective manner. Thirty-four years later R. L. Ottley produced another work on Andrewes in the Leaders of Religion series. This was the first book which attempted to present a full and coherent picture of Andrewes and to assess his place in the theological development of the Church of England. This work seems to have formed the basis for J. H. Overton's . . .

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