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John Whitgift

John Whitgift, after Unknown artist, published 1612 - NPG D8320 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Whitgift

after Unknown artist
woodcut, published 1612
6 1/4 in. x 4 3/8 in. (159 mm x 111 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D8320

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  • John Whitgift (1530?-1604), Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter associated with 12 portraits.

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Archbishop of Canterbury from 1583 to 1604, Whitgift was a vigorous defender of Anglican liturgy. This woodcut appeared in The Life of the most Reverend and Religious prelate John Whitgift, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury by Sir George Paulet (1563-1635), printed in London in 1612.

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Current affairs

Aged 18, Henry, Prince of Wales dies suddenly, probably from typhoid, sparking widespread mourning throughout the country, and abroad. James I's second son, Charles, becomes heir apparent.
Edward Wightman, a Baptist and alleged heretic, is the last person to be burnt at the stake in England.

Art and science

The literary world memorialises Henry, Prince of Wales after his death. Among those who lamented the loss of the popular prince were John Donne and Sir Walter Ralegh.
Thomas Shelton's English translation of the first half of Don Quixote is published, the first translation of the novel into any language.

International

The betrothal of James I's daughter, Princess Elizabeth, to Frederick, elector palatine, strengthens the Protestant union made between England and German princes under Frederick, concluded earlier in the year.
East India Company claims victory against the Portuguese in the Battle of Swally off the coast of Suvali, India.

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