ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. William Bedell

(1571-1642)


The son of an Essex yeoman, William Bedell attended Emmanuel College (B.A. 1588-89, M.A. 1592, Fellow 1593, B.D. 1599) where he was a college friend of Bishop Joseph Hall. Bedell was vicar at Bury St. Edmunds (1602-07), chaplain to Sir Henry Wotton when he was ambassador to Venice (1607-10), and Rector of Horningsby, Suffolk (1616). In 1627 Charles I appointed him Provost of Trinity College Dublin; in 1629 Laud appointed him Bishop of Kilmore and Ardagh. Bedell was a notable reformer of the Irish Church prior to his imprisonment and death in the uprisings of 1642.


TEXT RECORDS:

1605 ca.A Protestant Memorial: To His Majesty.
1605 ca.The Shepherd's Tale of the Pouder-Plott.

PUBLICATIONS:

An examination of certain motives to recusansie. 1628.
The A, B, C, or the institution of a Christian. 1631.
A sermon, preached at Christ Church, Dublyn. 1659.
A Protestant Memorial: or the shepherd's tale of the Pouder-plott. 1713.
Original letters concerning the steps taken towards a reformation of religion at Venice. 1742.