The ‘Political’ Festivals

Nicholas Lossky

in Lancelot Andrewes, the Preacher (1555-1626)

Published in print April 1991 | ISBN: 9780198261858
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682223 | DOI:
The ‘Political’ Festivals

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This chapter discusses the sermons preached by Andrewes on August 5 1606 to commemorate the conspiracy of the Gowrie brothers and on November 5 of that year to commemorate the Gun Powder Plot. These nineteen political sermons were preached during the Jacobean period beginning from 1606. This collection of political sermons was often seen in a bad light by several critics. He was constantly accused of excessive royalism — a view which was the result of his submissive adulation for James I. He was also reproached for his condemnation, without nuance or appeal, of any form of revolt against the legitimate power of the prince. As a result, Andrewes was deemed responsible for the conflict of the mid-17th century. His sermons were seen as the ideological basis of the repressive politics of William Laud and the autocracy of Charles I. Although the August 5 to November 6 sermons have political nuances, this chapter does not discuss the political aspects of the thought of Lancelot Andrewes. The aim of this chapter is to determine the principal characteristics of the theological thought of Andrewes that can be found in his political sermons and to determine the aspects that were in complete harmony with his sermons for the great feasts of the liturgical year.

Keywords: Gowrie brothers; Gun Powder Plot; political sermons; royalism; mid-17th century; James I

Chapter.  18039 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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