Publications 23

Title: Christian see to thy conscience or a treatise of the nature, the kinds and manifold differences of conscience, all very briefly, and yet more fully laid open then hitherto by Richard Bernard, parson of Batcombe in Somersetshire. Anno 1630.
Imprint: London: Imprinted by Felix Kyngston for Edward Blackmore, and are to be sold at his shop in Pauls Churchyard at the signe of the Angell, 1631.
Date: 1631
Pages: [38], 408 [ie 416], [4] p
Notes: Pages misnumbered at end. T5 and T6 probably blanks. Folger Shakespeare Library catalogue. Reproduction of the original in the British Library.
Copy from: British Library
There is a 9 page dedication in Latin addressed to the reverend father in Christ the then Bishop of Bath and Wells, Walter Curle. Curle, a friend of Laud, lived 1575-1647 and was Bishop of Bath and Wells 1629-1632, following a year as Bishop of Rochester. He was Bishop of Winchester 1632-1647. This is followed by an 8 page dedication in English "To the right worshipful and worthily honoured Sir Robert Gorge, Knight. And to his truly religious lady, the peace of a good conscience here, with the perfection of blessednesss hereafter." This is Robert Gorges (1588-1648). One of four brothers, his mother Helena had been a Swedish noble woman and a lady-in-waiting at the court of Elizabeth I. His seat was Redlynch, Somerset. A further eight pages describe the book's contents, which are in 54 short chapters.

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