Francis Mason

(1566—1621) Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist

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(1566–1621), Archdeacon of Norfolk. He was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, and later had connections with Merton and Brasenose Colleges. His best-known writing was Of the Consecration of the Bishops in the Church of England (1613), written with the encouragement of Abp. G. Abbot in refutation of the recently fabricated Nag's Head Story. Composed in dialogue form and in an entertaining style and drawing on the records of Lambeth Palace, it sought to establish the validity of the consecration esp. of M. Parker. In reply to several attacks by RC writers, Mason revised and enlarged the work, and in this form it was reissued posthumously in a Latin translation by N. Brent in 1625. Its spirited defence of the C of E against Rome procured for him the title ‘Vindex Ecclesiae Anglicanae’.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

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