The Welsh Clergy 1558-1642

(1999). The Welsh Clergy 1558-1642. PhD thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.0000e23c

Abstract

The Introduction defines 'Welsh Clergy' for the purposes of this study, i. e. those in the dioceses of St Asaph, Bangor, Liandaff and St David's, and sets out the objectives of the enquiry - to ascertain who the Welsh Clergy were in 1558-1642, and how far they conformed to the Reformation ideals of a learned and caring clergy. There follows a biographical study of each of the Welsh bishops in the period. In the following three sections, the clergy are studied in the categories - cathedral, sinecure and parochial. Next follows a consideration of the influence of the laity, including the Crown, on the clergy in the capacity of patrons and sureties. Evidence regarding the unbeneficed clergy (curates, chaplains and schoolmasters) follows. The remuneration of the clergy in Wales is discussed.. The Welsh clergy are next considered as communicators of the faith, and the study concludes with an assessment of how are standard improved among them in this period, with some considerations of their opposite numbers in England.

In Volume II, the evidence is summarised in the form of tables.

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