William Sancroft

(1617—1693) archbishop of Canterbury and nonjuror

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Abp. of Canterbury from 1678 to 1690. His primacy was distinguished by a major effort to renew the strength of the C of E, both politically and spiritually. On the accession of the RC James II (1685), he altered the Coronation rite so that the Communion could be omitted. He led the Seven Bishops who opposed the Declaration of Indulgence in 1688, but he nevertheless refused to recognize William of Orange as king and was deprived of his archbishopric as a Nonjuror. He supported schemes to perpetuate the Nonjuring succession and in 1692 he formally delegated his archiepiscopal authority to William Lloyd, the deprived Bp. of Norwich.

Subjects: Christianity — British History.

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