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John Whitgift (1530-1604)
Archbishop 1583-1604



John Whitgift

Archbishop Whitgift

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John Whitgift, born in Lincolnshire around 1530, was Queen Elizabeth's last and favourite Archbishop of Canterbury. She and Whitgift got on well and they shared many of the same views and aspirations. Like Elizabeth, he was suspicious of Puritans, and passionately defended the established Church. He also worked hard to protect the Church from Catholics. The fact that he was unmarried also pleased Elizabeth and she affectionately called him her "little black husband". When the Queen on her death-bed, she drew great comfort from his presence and his prayers for her immortal soul.

Whitgift remained in office at the accession of James I and crowned the new Stuart King at Westminster Abbey. He died in the February of 1604 and was buried in Croydon.



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