Lancelot Andrewes

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Lancelot Andrewes
Lancelot Andrewes

Lancelot Andrewes (1555 – 25 September 1626) was an English clergyman and scholar, who held high positions in the Church of England during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, and King Charles I. He was a leader in the High Church party [later also called the Anglo-Catholic] in the Church of England. During the reign of James I, Andrewes served as successively as Bishop of Chichester, Ely and Winchester; and assisted in the overseeing of the translation of the Authorized Version (or King James Version) of the Bible. He helped pick or screen other prospective translators.

On the accession of James I, to whom his somewhat pedantic style of preaching recommended him, Andrewes rose into great favour. He assisted at James's coronation, and in 1604 took part in the Hampton Court conference. He was also a member of the Court of High Commission and Star Chamber that persecuted the Puritans.

Andrewes' name is the first on the list of divines appointed to compile the Authorized Version of the Bible. He headed the "First Westminster Company" which took charge of the first books of the Old Testament (Genesis to 2 Kings). He acted, furthermore, as a sort of head or chairman for the project as well [under Archbishop Bancroft].

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