Unafraid: A Life of Anne Hutchinson

Unafraid: A Life of Anne Hutchinson

Unafraid: A Life of Anne Hutchinson

Unafraid: A Life of Anne Hutchinson

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SAINT PAUL'S CONSISTORY, London, November 5, in the year of our Lord 1578 and of the reign of Queen Elizabeth the twentieth.

The Ecclesiastical Court presided over by Bishop Aylmer of London holds conference with Francis Marbury, deacon, late of Northampton, previously imprisoned for his preaching, released, and again arrested. With Bishop Aylmer sit Sir Owen Hopton, Archdeacon Mullins, and other members of the High Commission.

The council-room is filled. Occupying the seats in the center are eminent representatives of the clergy with laymen of good rank. Distinguished among the former is my Lord Edmund Scambler, Bishop of Peterborough, who not long before had ordained young Marbury and had had time to regret it. In the rear of the room and along the walls are less important members of the laity, many of whom show sympathy for the accused.

Before the bar stands Marbury himself, an ardent, headlong young man of twenty-two. Under the cross- examination his face lights up with the joy of battle.

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