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Doubtful and dangerousThe question of succession in late Elizabethan England$
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Susan Doran and Paulina Kewes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086069

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086069.001.0001

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Bishop Richard Bancroft and the succession

Bishop Richard Bancroft and the succession

(p.92) Chapter 5 Bishop Richard Bancroft and the succession
Doubtful and dangerous

Patrick Collinson

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines Bishop Richard Bancroft’s role in bringing about the Jacobean succession. It asks how it came about that so vociferous a critic of Scottish Presbyterians whose 1589 Paul’s Cross sermon and published writings gave offence to the King himself became party to the accession to the English throne of James Stewart who in 1604 made him archbishop of Canterbury. It is shown that, with the blessing of Sir Robert Cecil, Bancroft was involved in infiltrating the English Catholic community(ies), working with the Appellants against their hard-line Jesuit opponents. Dangling the prospect of toleration before the Appellants, he supervised the publication of their pamphlets which attacked Hispanophile advocates of the Infanta and indirectly defended the Stuart claim.

Keywords:   Succession, Richard Bancroft, Sir Robert Cecil, Catholics, Puritans, Archpriest controversy, Appellants

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