Gilbert Sheldon

Architect of Anglican Survival, 1640–1675

  • Authors
  • Victor D. Sutch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Victor D. Sutch
    Pages 1-12
  3. Victor D. Sutch
    Pages 13-31
  4. Victor D. Sutch
    Pages 32-60
  5. Victor D. Sutch
    Pages 61-90
  6. Victor D. Sutch
    Pages 91-106
  7. Victor D. Sutch
    Pages 107-129
  8. Victor D. Sutch
    Pages 130-147
  9. Victor D. Sutch
    Pages 148-166
  10. Victor D. Sutch
    Pages 167-175
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 176-184

About this book


The place of Gilbert Sheldon in seventeenth century history and his influence upon the events of the period have long presented a tantalizing problem. A historian exploring the archives of the time cannot help but be impressed by the ubiquitous appearances of the archbishop. Yet the frequent references too often provide little detail, so that what emerges is a wraith-like picture of the man and a very uncertain account of his activities. As a result it is difficult to know what to think of Sheldon. He has been termed a "Laudian," but Mathew Wren, Laud's loyal assistant and sharer of his imprisonment, was cempletely baffled by the initials "G. Sh." which appeared in a letter sent to him in the early 1650's. Also labeled a staunch Tory and a firm believer in the institution of monarchy, Shelden showed no compunction whatever about lecturing the king on his duties or in boldly epposing the royal wishes when his lectures were ignored. He has been described as a man of "iron character," yet he was invariably soft-spoken and gentle to those in his immediate presence. He is pictured as a ruthless persecutor, but he often offered assistance, material and otherwise, to those who had been his opponents. Supposedly he was avaricious, yet the record suggests that during the Interregnum he impoverished himself to assist needy friends and church acquain­ tances, seme of whem he barely knew.


1640–1675 Gilbert Sheldon restoration

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1973
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-247-1567-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2003-9
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