Lancelot Andrewes (Dictionary of World Biography: The 17th and 18th Centuries)
Article abstract: With Jeremy Taylor and Richard Hooker, Andrewes helped establish the Anglican church and through his writings and conduct served as the model of the Anglican cleric.
Lancelot Andrewes was born in 1555, in London, to parents who were originally from Suffolk but who had moved to London, where his father was a well-to-do merchant. A healthy, gifted child, Andrewes impressed Francis Walsingham (his parents’ neighbor and friend, later Queen Elizabeth’s principal secretary), who convinced Andrewes’ parents not to apprentice him but to fit him for the life of a cleric/scholar. In 1561, Andrewes accordingly entered a free grammar school founded by the Merchant Taylors. Although he was not considered brilliant, he had a great facility for foreign languages, excelling in Latin and Greek, and was a diligent student blessed with a wonderful memory.
Because of his outstanding academic record, Andrewes was awarded a scholarship to the newly founded Pembroke Hall and in 1571 began his studies at Cambridge, where he spent the next fifteen years. After he was graduated in 1575, Andrewes received a competitive fellowship in 1576, was ordained deacon in 1580 and priest in 1581, and culminated his university career when he was named Master of Pembroke Hall in 1589. His Cambridge years strengthened the disciplined life-style (he regularly rose early and studied until noon) and the religious...
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