Lincoln College and its Episcopal Visitors, 1540-1700
Thursday, 18 May - 5:30-6:30pm with a reception and exhibition until 7:00pm.
The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College.
This talk in the Lincoln Unlocked series will consider the role and significance of the Bishops of Lincoln between around 1550 and 1700 as Visitors of the College. It will draw attention to the nature of the archives that pertain to this relatively unconsidered role in Oxford politics, highlight the importance of the Bishops of Lincoln of this period as Visitors of not just one, but four Oxford colleges, and place their work in context post-Reformation, pre-Civil War and post-Restoration. Certain bishops, like John Williams, stand out for the significant part they played in the life of the College, but others too deserve mention, together with the circumstances in which they were called into action. The term 'Visitor' might suggest some power and responsibility, yet it is perhaps typical of Oxford that the role was carefully circumscribed in practice.
Free admission, all welcome. Please use our online booking form to reserve tickets in advance.
Dr Andrew Foster FRHistS, FSA, FHA is an ecclesiastical historian who has written numerous articles on bishops, cathedrals, clergy, parishes and churchwardens of early modern England. He is a long-standing Literary Director of the Sussex Record Society and has served on the national Councils of the Royal Historical Society and the Historical Association. He is currently completing a volume on church surveys of the early seventeenth century for the SRS, a major two-volume history of the dioceses of England and Wales, 1540-1700, and editing the correspondence of Archbishop Richard Neile for the Church of England Record Society. Andrew is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent.