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Sermon TitleA Sermon preached at St Marie’s in Oxford
Extentff. 25r–27v
Composition Date -
Primary LanguageEnglish
Text TypeTranscription of Printed Sermon
Sermon Type(s)Anniversary
Associated Peoplededicatee - Sackville, Thomaspreacher - Howson, John
Associated Sermons
Preachings1602-11-17 (old) - St Mary the Virgin (University Church) - Accession Day;
Additional Material
Print Editions / WitnessesJohn Howson, A Sermon Preached at St. Maries in Oxford (Oxford, 1603); John Somers and Walter Scott, A Collection of Scarce and Valuable Tracts, 2 vols (London, 1809), Vol. I, pp. 109–113.
DescriptionThe full title of the sermon is ‘A Sermon preached at St Maries in Oxford The 17 day of November 1602 in defence of the festivities of the Church of England, and namely that of Her Majesties Coronation’. This is a partial transcription of the second impression of the printed sermon by John Howson. The last leaf/leaves are wanting.
Source of DataBritish Library online catalogue; Hannah Yip.
Other NoteWritten in a neat italic hand. The title page is copied in full from the printed edition. Part of the dedicatory epistle is also included. In the sermon proper, the scribe writes out the biblical verse but excludes pp. 1–8 and the first part of p. 9 of the printed sermon, beginning instead as follows: ‘Because there is a question made even in these daies concerning the authoritie of instituting Holy-daies both under the olde and newe Testament […]’ (f. 25v). The page numbers of the printed edition are indicated in the margins of the manuscript. The scribe has also copied some of the printed marginalia from the edition into the manuscript. According to Kenneth Fincham, ‘Howson, vice-chancellor in 1602–3, provoked controversy in a sermon he preached on 17 November 1602 in which he vigorously defended church festivals and emphasized the importance of communal prayer rather than preaching’. See ODNB entry for George Abbot (Article: 4).
GEMMS record createdMay 29, 2019
GEMMS record last editedMay 29, 2019