George Herbert

HERBERT, George. b. Montgomery, 3 April 1593; d. Bemerton, near Salisbury, 1 March 1633. Born of a noble family at Montgomery Castle, he was one of seven sons and three daughters. He was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1613, MA and Fellow of the College, 1616). In 1618 he was appointed Reader in Rhetoric at Cambridge and was Public Orator to the University, 1620-28. He represented Montgomery in parliament in 1624 and 1625, and appeared to be on the threshold of a lucrative and promising worldly career but, in (probably) 1624, he was ordained deacon. In 1626, the year after Charles I’s accession, he was presented to an ecclesiastical benefice in...

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