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A speech delivered in the Starre-Chamber, on Wednesday, the XIVth of Iune, MDCXXXVII. : at the censure of Iohn Bastwick, Henry Burton, and William Prinn; concerning pretended innovations in the Church
London: Richard Badger, 1637-01-01. Hardcover. Acceptable. First Edition, second issue with "house" on page 77. [15 (of 16)], 77 pages, lacking initial and final blanks. Modern quarter leather over brown cloth. Grolier Club Library bookplate. Later pen numbering to corners, expunging original numbering in ink. Dampstained throughout. Soiling and gray marks to p. 71.
This Star Chamber address was in response to Puritan pamphlets published in 1637 by John Bastwick, Henry Burton and William Prynne. The pamphlets attacked episcopacy and the supposed innovations to religion brought in by Laud and other bishops. The Speech refutes many of the charges of the pamphleteers, and is largely a speech for the prosecution. The central portion is a justification of Laud's policy of placing the Altar back into its traditional position in church, and the superiority of the Eucharist over the sermon.
William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury during Charles I rule, argued that the Church of England needed uniformity. He covertly favored Roman Catholic doctrines and hierarchy. Autocratic and a zealous enforcer of his beliefs, Laud traveled the country promoting his supporters, sacking Puritans and ordering the prosecution and mutilation of opponents. This resurgence of Catholic sympathies caused a rift within the country.
Already imprisoned for his publication of Histriomastix in 1633, William Prynne was tried again in 1637 for the anonymous attack on Bishop Matthew Wren. Bastwick and Burton were concurrently tried before the Star Chamber for other seditious sermons and publications.
The puritan martyrs were fined £ 5,000, ordered that their ears be cut off, and imprisoned for life. Prynne additionally, was branded on the cheeks with the letters S. L., signifying "seditious libeller". For this sentence Laud thanked the court.
An interesting publication showing the religious disputes that eventually led to the political disintegration of Charles rule. Refs: STC 15307.

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