Title: A declaration of egregious popish impostures to with-draw the harts of her Maiesties subiects from their allegeance, and from the truth of Christian religion. Samuel Harsnett (or Harsnet) (June – May ), born Samuel Halsnoth, was an English . In , he wrote another book, A Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures, published by order of the Privy Council, which condemned. A Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures has 1 rating and 0 reviews: Published by EEBO Editions, ProQuest, pages, ebook.

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He re-entered himself into Pembroke Hall[2] where he was first a fellow and was elected master on 1 Novemberremaining in that position untilwhen he resigned because accusations totalling fifty-seven articles were made against him, [4] by the Fellows of Pembroke to King James I.

In he served the office of Junior Proctor [1] and five years later became chaplain to Dr Bancroft[4] then Bishop of London and shortly to become Archbishop of Canterbury by whose favour he quickly rose through the ranks. On the authority of Bancroft, he obtained the rectory of St Margaret, New Fish StreetLondon which he resigned in and the vicarage of Chigwell in Essex on 14 June [1] which he resigned in In he purchased land in the parish on which he founded both a Latin school which survives as Chigwell School and an English school in In he was promoted, becoming the prebendary of Mapesbury on 5 August [1] and on 17 January the archdeacon of Essex [1] — both posts chosen for him by Bishop Bancroft.

Having been Bishop of Chichester since 13 November[1] on 8 Augusthe became Bishop of Norwichresigning the living of Stisted he had held since Towards the end of his life he fell ill, signing his will on 13 Februaryto which he signed a codicil on 18 May, and taking the waters at Bath in April of that year. A brass of Harsnett can be found in St Mary’s Church, Chigwell, although it has been moved from its original position over his grave.


A Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures

It has been suggested that it is of Flemish origin but, because of the similarities it bears to the brass of Sir John Filmer in East Sutton, Kentit is now believed to be by Edward Marshall.

His epitaph on the brass reads: There are two changes from the inscription he requested in his will — his name is spelt as “Samuell”, not “Samuel” and “deindignior” should have been “dein indignior”.

In his home town of Colchester he is commemorated by a statue on the town hall [8] and a stained glass window in St. His library of theological works was bequeathed to the borough of Colchester for the use of local clergy; [4] it can now be found in the library of the University of Essex. Harsnett is noted for his sceptical attitude towards demons and witchcraft.

Samuel Harsnett – Wikipedia

As the chaplain to Bishop Bancroft, Harsnett was commissioned to write a treatise condemning the s exorcisms of John Darrellhaving sat on the commissions which investigated his activities. Mary’s Egregius, Nottingham was a puritan minister who performed a series of public exorcisms in the English Midlands. Eventually, the exorcisms caused such a disturbance that they attracted the attention of Anglican authorities in London.

Harsnett’s A Discovery of the Fraudulent Practises of John Darrel [10] was a polemical piece intended to discredit Darrell’s puritan agenda.

It was drafted as a piece of political propaganda, but it also genuinely questioned the belief in demons. In this way, Harsnett sought natural explanations for supposedly supernatural phenomena. Inhe wrote another book, A Declaration of Egregious Popish Imposturespublished by order of the Privy Council[1] which condemned exorcisms performed by Roman Catholic priests in the s.


Shakespeare used this book as a source, pulling words and phrases when writing popisb play King Learmainly spoken by Edgar while he feigns madness, and John Milton is said to have been influenced by it when writing L’Allegro. As a member of England’s religious authority, Harsnett’s sceptical attitudes, divided equally between puritanism and popery[4] set important precedents for English policy.

A Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures by Samuel Harsnett

For example, by coming close “to denying the reality of witchcraft” he may have popisb to the relative lack of witch hunts in England, compared to other countries. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A History of Chigwell School. London, Being an Accurate History and Description. The Monumental Brass Society.

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Retrieved 30 December The General Biographical Dictionary. A Cambridge Alumni Database. Retrieved dec,aration January Archived from the original on 31 March Retrieved 17 December Conformity and Orthodoxy in the English Church, c 1st ed. Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Archdeacons of Essex and of West Ham.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. This page was last edited on 6 Novemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Bishop of Chichester — Bishop of Norwich — St Mary’s Church, Chigwell.

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