William Laud, after Sir Anthony van Dyck, based on a work of 1636 - NPG 171 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Laud

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, based on a work of 1636
48 1/2 in. x 37 in. (1232 mm x 940 mm)
Purchased, 1864
NPG 171

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Laurie Pettitt

14 August 2017, 12:19

Laud is only ever associated with his religious actions and for those, he has been vilified for more than three hundred years. The relationship between Wentworth and Laud should have told us that Laud was more than history makes him out to be. You see; both Wentworth and Laud brought the Arrogant and Powerful to Justice. Laud prosecuted land owners for enclosing land and removing the livings of the people who had farmed those lands for generations. Laud tried to carry forward the Elizabethan policy of standardizing religion. Get everyone singing from the same Hymn Sheet!
A much better and far more complex person than history paints him.

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