motion of the spirit

It is a sinne to believe the word, as it is the word, without a motion of the spirit.


On the 21st January 1616 (modern 1617) Curate Roger Brierley was sworn in at the High Commission at York and allowed to hear this collection of fifty charges raised against him. However, it was not until 16th March that Brierley presented his written answers to the Court. The Court recommenced on 1 April 1617 and a number of key witnesses gave evidence including Giggleswick’s Christopher Shute, Richard Gibson (the vicar of Marton-in-Craven) and John Foote. Over the following months a significant body of ministers was hauled in: Thomas Jobson – Brierley’s most immediate neighbour for whom he was actually supposed to be acting as an assistant, Gibson, E. Watkin, Wm. Harrison, G. Wiber, J, Eastwood, A. Emott, F. Peele, J. Harrison and Thos. Drake – see Marchant I, Church Courts.

Note here that the order stated in the majority of these footnotes will be as per Bodelian Rawlinson MS.D.399, ‘Certaine erroneous opinions gathered from the mouth of Bryerley and his hearers’. This is consistent with the order generally adhered to by Como. The spellings in the charges have been deliberately left as they are in the documentation. Note particularly how ‘then’ tended to be used in place of ‘than’. This was especially common.

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