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Jeremy Taylor

(1613—1667) Church of Ireland bishop of Down and Connor and religious writer

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was chaplain to Laud and Charles I, and was appointed rector in 1638. He was taken prisoner in the Royalist defeat before Cardigan Castle in 1645, and retired to Golden Grove, Carmarthenshire, where he wrote most of his greater works. After the Restoration he was made bishop of Down and Connor, and subsequently of Dromore. He died at Lisburn and was buried in his cathedral of Dromore. His fame rests on the combined simplicity and splendour of his style, of which The Rule and Exercise of Holy Living (1650) and The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying (1651) are perhaps the best examples. Among his other works, The Liberty of Prophesying, an argument for toleration, appeared in 1647; his Eniautos, or series of sermons for the Christian Year, in 1653; and The Golden Grove, a manual of daily prayers, in 1655.

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