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Francis Godwin
A Catalogue of the Bishops of England, since the first planting of Christian religion in this island, together with a briefe history of their liues and memorable actions, so neere as can be gathered out of antiquity. By F.G. subdeane of Exceter
Londini : Impensis Geor. Bishop, 1601. London; George Bishop, 1601. FIRST EDITION. 4to. pp [viii] 547 [i]. Black letter; woodcut headpiece, foliated initials. A very good, clean copy in fine C20 English calf, plain gilt borders, spine gilt decorations in compartments, red morocco gilt lettering piece. A handsome copy of the FIRST EDITION of these detailed collected biographies of the English bishops and a valuable source book of English history. It is the best known work of Francis Godwin (1562-1633), which so pleased Queen Elizabeth that she made Godwin bishop of Llandaff with immediate effect. The text is important as an Anglican attempt to establish a continuous history of an independent English church from the first arrival of Christianity to the end of the 16th C. Although partisan in purpose it is reasonably even-handed in its treatment of its subjects and is significant in the development of English historical scholarship; it is also eminently readable. Diocese by diocese, a broad survey of the incumbents of the ancient bishoprics and archbishoprics is conducted, covering: Canterbury, London, Winchester, Ely, Lincoln, Coventry & Lichfield, Salisbury, Bath & Wells, Exeter, Norwich, Worcester, Hereford, Chichester, Rochester, Oxford, Gloucester, Peterborough, St. Davids, Llandaff, York, Durham, Carlisle and Chester. Proceeding chronologically, where possible the history of appointments are given, along with any highlights of episcopal incumbency and accounts of particular bishops - e.g. of St Cuthbert of Durham: "He was a very personable man, well-spoken, and so mighty … [Click Below for Full Description]
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