Thomas Bancroft was author of Two Bookes of Epigrammes and Epitaphs (1633), which celebrated many prominent intellectuals of his time. But the most prominent was the latter's uncle, Richard Bancroft (1544-1610), Archbishop of Canterbury, whose arms are depicted here. Richard had risen up through the Anglican hierarchy, having started as a Prebendary of St Patrick's, Dublin, and served as secretary to Archbishop Whitgift. He is best remembered - and seldom with much affection - as an ardent opponent of religious non-conformity, serving James I by trying to root out Puritans and Catholics. Under him, many staunch Puritans fled to Holland, some of whom then became early settlers in the new colonies in America. □
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