Thomas Cartwright

(1535—1603) theologian and religious controversialist

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Puritan. A Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, he was appointed Lady Margaret Professor in 1569. He criticized the constitution of the C of E, was deprived of his Professorship in 1570, and went to Geneva. He returned in 1572 but his defence of the Admonition to the Parliament led to the loss of his Fellowship. He fled and did not return to England until 1585, though he was given semi-official encouragement to write against the RC Church from 1583. On James I's accession (1603) he took part in the Puritan petitioning of the new king and seems to have been intended as one of the Puritan spokesmen at the Hampton Court Conference, but died before it met.

Subjects: Christianity — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

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