Small 8vo., pp. ; title within in woodcut border (just shaved at foot); A2v with final line partly cropped, candle-wax damage to head of A3-4 with partial loss of headline, final leaf with a short tear, a little dusty; disbound.
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An important anti-Catholic sermon delivered at court, arguing that Rome is the Babylon of Revelations and the Pope is the Antichrist; it was first published in 1570 and several times reprinted. Fulke supports his argument with Scripture, early church fathers, numerology (‘Lateinos’ = 666), and touches on the Council of Trent and the Roman Church’s loss of power with the growth of Protestantism: ‘Her thunderboltes of Excommunication, which were sometyme terryble to all men are nowe feared of no man’.
Fulke had acquired his strong Protestant convictions in the early 1560s. Appointed a fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge, in 1564, he quickly became the leader of a Puritan faction in the college, and expressed his radical views in his refusal to wear academic dress or a surplice in chapel. He resigned or was ejected several times before leaving the college for good in 1570 and marrying in 1571.
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