Concordia Theological Monthly

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john oldcastle, cobham, henry v, wyclif, herefordshire, shakespeare, anticlerical, canterbury england

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


From among the Puritan saints whose lives are told in John Foxe's Acts and Monuments of These Latter Days, it has not been the fashion for some time to single out Sir John Oldcastle, "the good Lord Cobham," as a special example of heroism and piety. Writers of history have become accustomed to set down this high-placed follower of John Wyclif as a hot-headed adventurer whose intemperate ambition led him to bring about a foolhardy armed uprising against his liege, the gallant and pious Henry V. Shakespeare scholars have had an interest in Sir John Oldcastle because, according to an early biography of the poet, the part of Falstaff was written originally under the name of Oldcastle, whereat the Puritans of the day were so mightily offended that Queen Elizabeth herself commanded that the name of the comic character be changed.


History of Christianity

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars