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First Reading

Paul Miller  •  Link

FREWEN, ACCEPTED (1588—1664), archbishop of York, was born at Northiam, in Sussex, and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, where in 1612 he became a fellow. In 1617 and 1621 the college allowed him to act as chaplain to Sir John Digby, ambassador in Spain. At Madrid he preached a sermon which pleased Prince Charles, afterwards Charles I., and the latter on his accession appointed Frewen one of his chaplains. In 1625 he became canon of Canterbury and vice-president of Magdalen College, and in the following year he was elected president. He was vice-chancellor of the university in 1628 and 1629, and again in 1638 and 1639. It was mainly by his instrumentality that the university plate was sent to the king at York in 1642. Two years later he was consecrated bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, and resigned his presidentship. Parliament declared his estates forfeited for treason in 1652, and Cromwell afterwards set a price on his head. The proclamations, however, designated him Stephen Frewen, and he was consequently able to escape into France. At the Restoration he reappeared in public, and in 1660 he was consecrated archbishop of York. In 1661 he acted as chairman of the Savoy conference.

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Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Accepted Frewen (1588 – 1664) was born at at Carriers Farmhouse, Northiam, Sussex, the oldest son of John Frewen who was the rector there. The unusual forename is an example of the type of Puritan name not uncommon in the area in the late 16th century; one of his brothers was named Thankful Frewen.

Accepted's early education was at the Free Grammar School of Canterbury, and from 1604, a student and soon after a demy of Magdalen College, Oxford at 16.

He completed a bachelor degree in Arts at Magdalen College in 1609, and a Masters degree in 1612.
Showing great proficiency in logic and philosophy, he was elected probationary fellow. He entered into holy orders in the same year, 1612, becoming a frequent preacher.
He became a fellow at Magdalen in 1613, a position he held until 1626.

In 1614 Dr. Accepted Frewen was appointed Moral Philosophy lecturer, and in 1619 became a Bachelor of Divinity.

In 1617 Dr. Accepted Frewen acted as chaplain to Sir John Digby, who visited Spain as ambassador.
In 1621 He went to Germany as (the now) Lord Digby's chaplain.
He travelled to Spain with Lord Digby (now Earl of Bristol) again in 1622, where he preached before Prince Charles in Madrid. Prince Charles was so impressed he gave Frewen a small miniature of himself.
When Prince Charles ascended to the throne in 1625, Dr. Accepted Frewen was included on the list of royal chaplains by King Charles' own hand.

In 1625 Dr. Accepted Frewen was elected vice-president of Magdalen College, and made a prebendary of Canterbury on 1 Sept.
On 24 Oct., 1626 he was unanimously elected president of Magdalen, and took his degree of Doctor of Divinity. During this period there was much refitting and embellishment of the chapel and walks, much undertaken at Dr. Frewen's own expense.

In 1628-29 Dr. Accepted Frewen was vice-chancellor of Oxford
On 6 Oct., 1631 took oaths to be installed as the Dean of Gloucester, a position he held until 1643.
In 1635 he obtained the rectories of Stanlake in Oxfordshire, and Warnford, Hampshire.

Dr. Frewen was again vice chancellor of Magdalen College in 1638-9.

In 1642 Dr. Frewen assisted in raising funds for King Charles via the university, even providing £500 from his own funds. As a result of this, Parliament issued a warrant for his arrest on July 12, 1642.
Dr. Frewen went into hiding, and did not return to Oxford until after the Battle of Edgehill when King Charles returned later that year.

As a reward for his loyalty, Dr. Frewen was nominated to the bishopric of Lichfield and Coventry on 17 August 1643.
He was consecrated in April 1644 at Magdalen College chapel by John William, Archbishop of York, and the bishops of Worcester, Oxford, Salisbury and Peterborough.

Bishop Accepted Frewen resigned as president of Magdalen College on 11 May, 1644.

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By Act of Parliament on November 18, 1652 Bishop Accepted Frewen's estate was declared forfeited for treason against the state. Luckily, by mistake, the act named "Stephen" Frewen.
Later, Cromwell offered £1,000 to anyone who would bring him dead or alive. Again he was named as "Stephen" Frewen, and was able to escape to France, where he remained until about 1660.

When he returned to England, Bishop Accepted Frewen kept a low profile, living alternately with his nephew Thomas Frewen at Fulham, or at Banstead, or Rippington, Hampshire.

On 22 September, 1660 Bishop Accepted Frewen was nominated to the archbishopric of York, confirmed on 4 October and enthroned by proxy on 11 October. (AH-HA -- these dates must be N.S. - SDS)

On 25 March, 1661, Archbishop Accepted Frewen was appointed with others to undertake a revision of the Book of Common Prayer.
When the Savoy Conference commenced at the Savoy Hospital, London on 15 April, 1661, he was the nominal chairman, at which he was described as "a mild and peaceable man who took no active part in the proceedings".

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Accepted Frewen died at his palace of Bishopthorpe, near York, England on 28 March 1664 aged 75.

He was buried under the east window of York Minster on 3 May, 1664, where a monument with Latin inscription was erected in his memory by his nephew Thomas Frewen of Brickwall, Sussex, in 1736.

When he died, it is believed that Accepted was worth near £30,000.
In his will he requested to be buried in Nortiam Church, if his executors could conveniently arrange it.
He bequeathed the avowson of the parish of Northiam and his personal library to his nephew, Thomas Frewen.
He bequeathed £1,000 to Magdalen College "my mother, that gave me my breeding".
He bequeathed money to his sister Mary Bigge and her two sons John and William Bigge.
The bulk of the rest of his estate, an amount of £27,000 went to his younger brother, the real Stephen Frewen.


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