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prelate

a Church dignitary of high rank, such as a cardinal, bishop, or abbot
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The antiprelatical tracts--which include Of Reformation (1641), Of Prelatical Episcopacy (1641), Animadversions (1641), and The Reason of Church Government Urged Against Prelaty (1641-42)--attack the residually-Catholic ceremonialism and episcopal hierarchy of the Stuart church under Archbishop Laud.
He comes down to us as "the spokesman of those who would make no concession," yet Richard Baxter, who thought him "the fons et origo of the prelatical bigotry of his day, wrote that he "took the death of Dr.
Duty bound to pray for kings and all in authority, they sought "a peaceable and quiet life in all godliness and honesty." Pledging allegiance to "king and parliament freely chosen by the kingdom," they solicited civic protection for their own conscientious practice of religion, pleading freedom from all "oppression and molestation, which long we have formerly groaned under by the tyranny and oppression of the Prelatical Hierarchy," though not under "this present King and Parliament" here called "wonderfully honourable" and an instrument in God's hand.
Milton had read Adversus Praxeas and cites it in Of Prelatical Episcopacy while considering the nature of the substance of God (CPW 1:645).
In portraying the royal family's support of the people against evil prelatical designs, Shakespeare appeals to a Puritan royalism, despite the comically degrading presentation of Puritanism his plays have also provided through the character of Falstaff.