A Sermon preached at Hampton Court, on Sonday being the 12. Day of November, in the Yeare of our Lord. 1570. Wherein is plainly prooved Babilon to be Rome, both by Scriptures and Doctors …

Imprinted at London by John Charlewod (sic). 1579.

Small 8vo., pp. [64]; 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.

STC 11453.

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