Gilbert Burnet

(1643—1715) bishop of Salisbury and historian

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Gilbert Burnet (1690—1726) writer on religious and moral subjects


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was a popular preacher, a latitudinarian, and a Whig. He went to The Hague in 1686, where he became an adviser of William of Orange. In 1689 he became bishop of Salisbury. He published an account of the death‐bed repentance of Rochester (1680) and A History of the Reformation in England (3 vols, 1679, 1681, 1715). His best‐known work, The History of My Own Times (2 vols, 1724, 1734), is a mixture of history, autobiography, and anecdote.

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