From ARCHBISHOP LAUD 1573-1645

H.R. Trevor-Roper, Lord Dacre (Hamden, Conn.: Archon, 1963), 2nd edition

‘James I had died…with all the circumstances of humbug inseparable from the deaths of kings and the ministrations of priests….’  (65)

‘…the reluctant Bishop of London, George Mountain…received the welcome news that Toby Matthew, the Archbishop of York, who “died yearly in report”, was at last dead in earnest.  He had himself long hankered after York, …and had in fact applied to Buckingham for it on the last rumour of Matthew’s death; and now he was disappointed when the King, discussing the future archbishop in his presence, made no mention of his own name.  At last he could bear it no longer.  “If you had faith as a grain of mustard-seed”, he told the King, “you would say unto this Mountain, Go and be removed into that see!”  Charles appreciated the witticism and sent Mountain to York as his reward:  but the new Archbishop “was scarce warm in his church before cold in his coffin”, and York was vacant again.’  [Footnote to Matthew: ‘It is said that the Archbishop himself circulated these reports, and derived a cynical amusement from the ecclesiastical scurry which followed them.’] (91f.)

‘…Walter Curle…succeeded Laud at Bath and Wells, – a man who once described a Puritan as “such an one as loves God with all his soul, but hates his neighbour with all his heart”…’  (143)

‘[Laud’s] tortoise…survived him by more than a century before it was accidentally killed by a careless gardener in 1753…’  (148)

‘…the new Bishop of Peterborough was Francis Dee, a harmless man “of pious life and conversation, and of very affable behaviour”, whose sermon before the Court, being in praise of virginity, was considered tactless.’  (148)

‘…the majority of the clergy, then as always, had taken orders to support themselves and their families, not to advance the glory of God.’  (172)

‘While men around him rushed to submerge their individualities in creeds and armies, Williams stands out as an ecclesiastical careerist whose calculated self-interest was obscured by no destructive idealism.  Of good, if Welsh, family….’  (179)

‘Miler Magrath, the converted Franciscan friar, …for nine years held a popish bishopric and a Protestant archbishopric together.  Deprived of the former by the Pope, he amassed four Anglican bishoprics and seventy other spiritual preferments, and did handsomely out of them.  When the government ordered a prosecution Dr. Magrath effectually silenced it by threatening to rejoin the Roman Church, to which the Vatican hastened to promise him a cordial reception; and so he lived on unmolested, drinking away the revenues of his accumulated sees, into his hundredth year.’  (237)

‘Evelyn and Wood both record that [Conopius] was the first man to drink coffee in England.’  (284)

Of Laud: his ‘enemies recognised him to be beyond fear and above personal ambition….’  (312)

John Lilburne: ‘…it was said of him “that if there were none living but himself, John would be against Lilburne and Lilburne against John”’ (364)

‘On one occasion, when Archy had been permitted to pronounce grace in Laud’s presence at Whitehall, he had said, “Great praise be to God, and little laud to the Devil”….’  (364)

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