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Lecturers were originally ordained stipendiary ministers (often deacons), appointed in the century after 1559 by town corporations, parishes, and occasionally by individual laymen, to provide regular frequent preaching. ‘Lecturers by combination’ were groups of beneficed clergy who would combine to provide a rota of sermons in some central church. Many stipendiary lectureships became a Puritan device to secure preachers with views of which Puritans could approve.

Subjects: Christianity.

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