Joseph Hall

(1574—1656) bishop of Norwich, religious writer, and satirist

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was successively bishop of Exeter (1627) and of Norwich (1641), where, in 1643, he was sequestered, his revenues and bishop's palace seized, his cathedral desecrated. He published two volumes of satires, Virgidemiarum, Sex Libri; a semi‐bawdy satirical novel in Latin, Mundus Alter et Idem; and, very probably, the last play in the St John's College Parnassus Plays. He is famous for his plain Senecan prose style and is responsible for initiating several literary genres: the first to publish his epistles in English (1608–10); the beginner of the mode of character‐writing (1608); the introducer of Juvenalian satire. He was employed as a controversialist by King James and later by Laud against Smectymnuus.

Subjects: Literature.

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