Joseph Hall

Born Jul 1, 1574

Joseph Hall was an English bishop, satirist and moralist. His contemporaries knew him as a devotional writer, and a high-profile controversialist of the early 1640s. In church politics, he tended in fact to a middle way. Thomas Fuller wrote: "He was commonly called our English Seneca, for the purenesse, plainnesse, and fulnesse of his style.… Read More

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1574 Birth Born on July 1, 1574.


1595 20 Years Old He was chosen for two years in succession to read the public lecture on rhetoric in the schools and in 1595 became fellow of his college. … Read More
1598 23 Years Old …  The claim he put forward in the prologue to be the earliest English satirist offended John Marston, who attacked him in satires published in 1598. … Read More
1603 28 Years Old Nevertheless, in 1603, he married Elizabeth Wynniff of Brettenham, Suffolk.


1605 30 Years Old In 1605, Hall travelled abroad for the first time when he accompanied Sir Edmund Bacon on an embassy to Spa, with the special aim, he says, of acquainting himself with the state and practice of the Roman Catholic Church. … Read More
1612 38 Years Old In 1612, Edward Denny gave him the curacy of Waltham-Holy-Cross, Essex, and, in the same year, he received the degree of D.D..


1616 42 Years Old Later he received the prebend of Willenhall in St Peter's, the collegiate church of Wolverhampton, and, in 1616, he accompanied James Hay, Lord Doncaster to France, where he was sent to congratulate Louis XIII on his marriage, but Hall was compelled by illness to return.
1617 43 Years Old In his absence, the king nominated him Dean of Worcester, and, in 1617, he accompanied James to Scotland, where he defended the Five Articles of Perth, five points of ceremonial which the king desired to impose upon the Scots. … Read More


1624 50 Years Old In a sermon Columba Noæ of February 1624 (1623 O.S.) to Convocation, he gave a list or personal panorama of leading theologians of the Church of England. … Read More
1627 53 Years Old In 1627, he became Bishop of Exeter. … Read More


1641 67 Years Old In 1641 Hall was translated to the See of Norwich, and in the same year sat on the Lords' Committee on religion. … Read More
1642 68 Years Old …  On the other hand, Hall's authorship was an open secret, and in 1642 John Milton used it to attack Hall (during the Smectymnuus controversy) by employing the argument that Utopia and New Atlantis had a constructive approach lacking in Mundus Alter. … Read More
1643 69 Years Old On his release, Hall proceeded to his new diocese at Norwich, the revenues of which he seems for a time to have received, but in 1643, when the property of the "malignants" was sequestrated, Hall was mentioned by name. … Read More
1656 82 Years Old 1 More Event
He bore his many troubles and the additional burden of much bodily suffering with sweetness and patience, dying on 8 September 1656.
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