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Anne Askew

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — British History.

(1521–46),

Protestant martyr. In 1545 she was arrested on account of her beliefs about the Eucharist. She refused to recant or, even under torture, to incriminate leading...

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archdeacon

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — British History.

Literally chiefs of the deacons. The office traces its origins to the New Testament church, where the ministry of Stephen and others is described in the Acts of the Apostles as their diacon...

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Baldwin

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — British History.

(d. 1190).

Archbishop of Canterbury. A native of Exeter, Baldwin entered the Cistercian monastery at Ford, Devon (c.1170), becoming abbot and then bishop of Worcester (1180). He...

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Bangorian controversy

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Christianity.

Loosed by Benjamin Hoadly, appointed to the bishopric of Bangor in 1715. The following year he launched an attack on the non‐jurors. In 1717 he preached a sermon, in which he adopted an...

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Basilikon Doron

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — British History.

(1598),

a manual on the practice of kingship, was written by James I and VI for his eldest son, Prince Henry. Though less polemical in tone than The Trew Law of Free Monarchies,...

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Bath and Wells

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A see in the Province of Canterbury, founded c.909 as the diocese of Wells. Sometime between 1088 and 1091 the see was moved to Bath. Honorius III authorized the title ‘Bath and Wells’ in...

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Beilby Porteus

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — British History.

(1731–1808),

Bp. of London from 1787. He was of American descent. He identified himself with the practical ideals of the rising Evangelical school, and he promoted mission work...

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Bertha

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(d. c.603),

queen of Kent. The daughter of Charibert, the Merovingian king at Paris (561–7), and of Queen Ingeborg, Bertha married Ethelbert, king of Kent, at an unknown date. When...

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book of sports

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — British History.

Sunday, the one non‐working day in the week, was traditionally a time for recreation, but puritan clergy, equating it with the sabbath, kept it ‘holy’ by banning customary pastimes. This...

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Books of Discipline

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1560, 1578.

Both works expounded an ideal never fully realized. The First Book of Discipline (1560) was largely the work of the uncompromising Calvinist John Knox. It was heavily...

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