Chaplains to embassies
Daniel Featley, anti-Catholic controversialist abroad
in Chaplains in early modern England
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Daniel Featley was the Protestant chaplain to the English Ambassador in Paris, and Richard Smith was a Roman Catholic priest, controversialist and the head of the College d'Arras, the recently formed Catholic writers' academy in Paris. This chapter argues, from the evidence of Featley's 'experience beyond the sea', that the role of embassy chaplain was understood to constitute something far more strategically significant than a mere adjunct to diplomacy. During his memorable three-year stint in France, as chaplain to Sir Thomas Edmondes, the 'polemicall' Featley kept up a steady stream of anti-Catholic preaching and disputation. Featley's own preferment to Paris followed after the appearance in print of his abridgement of Laurence Humphrey's life of Bishop John Jewel. If Featley had 'leaue' from the Archbishop of Canterbury to engage in and publish accounts of disputations with Catholic adversaries, then he would have had permission to do so from a mere 'Ambassadour'.

Chaplains in early modern England

Patronage, literature and religion

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