Lancelot Andrewes

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Lancelot Andrewes

Lancelot Andrewes (born July 16, 1555 in London , † September 25, 1626 ibid) was an English scholar, theologian and preacher.


Andrewes came from a distinguished Suffolk family . His father, Thomas Andrewes, was a master at Trinity House. He studied theology at Cambridge University from 1571 to 1578 and received his master's degree. 1589-1605 he was Master of Pembroke College , Cambridge.

Andrewes attracted the attention of Queen Elizabeth I through his sermons, but only gained influence under King James I. Successively he became Bishop of Chichester (1605-1609), Ely (1609-1619) and Winchester (1618-1626). Andrewes attended the Hampton Court Conference. The preparation of important sections of the English translation of the Bible ( King James Bible , 1611) was entrusted to him, and with Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621) he led a written discussion on royal power. Notwithstanding his opposition to the Roman Catholic Church , he turned against the Calvinist interpretations of the Puritans and influenced the creation of well-founded Anglican doctrines and rites.

The "Private Devotions" published by the Scottish theologian Alexander Whyte in 1895/96 are an English translation of the Preces privatae - a prayer collection by Andrewes originally written in Latin, which was first published in 1626.

Remembrance day

In the Anglican Church , September 25th is considered Lancelot Andrewes Memorial Day.


  • Marianne Dorman: Lancelot Andrewes 1555-1626. Teacher and Preacher in the Post Reformation English Church. ISBN 1-58736-639-8
  • Alexander Whyte: Lancelot Andrewes and His Private Devotions. A Biography, a Transcript and an Interpretation. ISBN 1-4286-0617-3
  • Adam Nicolson: Power and Glory. Jacobean England and the Making of the King James Bible. ISBN 0-00-710894-x
predecessor Office successor
Anthony Watson Bishop of Chichester
Samuel Harsnett
Martin Heton Bishop of Ely
Nicholas Felton
James Montague Bishop of Winchester
Richard Neile