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    Kenneth Fincham

    Professor Kenneth Fincham: Power, patronage and puritans at the court of James I: the strange case of Bishop Bayly of Bangor

    Saturday 29 April, 6 - 7pm, OS.0.19, Mabb Lovell court lecture room, Old Sessions House

     

    In 1621 James I quarrelled violently with one of his bishops, Lewes Bayly, and sent him to gaol. Rather bizarrely, Bayly was both the author of one of the best-selling books of protestant devotion, The Practice of Piety, but also a controversial bishop, constantly in trouble with his clergy, his parishioners and even his king. An exploration of his career provides a remarkable insight into the court of James I: heated debates, factional intrigue and the challenge of giving counsel to the king, all centred on a turbulent bishop who was determined to speak truth to power.

     

    Kenneth Fincham is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Kent and specialises in religion and politics in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain. His new project is a study of ‘Revolution and the Creation of Anglicanism, c.1620-c.1750.’

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