In a sermon preached before Prince Henry at Greenwich in March 1605, Thomas Playfere
comments: "so Abraham .
The allegory remained popular enough to appear in a sermon by Thomas Playfere
, who in 1595 preached that 'Christ is that tender Pellican, who by wounding his owne breast, doth restore his owne to life againe by his bloud'.
chapter of the gospell by Saint Luke, he added "by Thomas Playfere
Doctor of Diuiniti" to the fourth edition in 1596 and changed the title to The meane in mourninge.
In a sermon during Easter week of 1593, Thomas Playfere
described the temporizer as "a mill-horse which making many steps, turnes about, and is continually found in the same place.
His edition of a sermon by Thomas Playfere
, The Pathway to Perfection, 1597, named the minister; his Book of the seven planets .
Bryan Crockett's solid chapter, "Thomas Playfere
's Poetics of Preaching," makes good on the Introduction's claim that "nothing was closer literary kin to the drama that flourished in early modern England than the sermon" (8) by providing a sketch of the colorful Playfere
and analyzing the play of thought and emotional effect of his sermons both in terms of rhetoric and performance.
He assesses the interplay between rhetorical strategies and doctrinal positions in over thirty major preachers, including Bancroft, Barlow, Becon, Dent, Field, Gifford, Grindal, Hall, Hooker, Perkins, Playfere
, Sandys, and Smith.
Initially, Wise published Playfere
's sermons without the preacher's permission, but Playfere
41) The terminal date for this letter is given by a notebook entry of 1608 in which Bacon wrote of "Proceeding with the translation of my book of Advancement of learning; harkenyng to some other yf playfere
19) Thomas Playfere
spoke the common sense of Anglican tradition when he declared that "[t]here is gospel in the law, and there is law in the gospel.
Many of the views expressed by the most popular pastors of the age--among them Thomas Playfere
, Stephen Egerton, John Field, and Lancelot Andrewes, whose London parish contained "the Fortune and Red Bull theatres" and whose services were "eagerly attended" by some players (Story xv)--showed the influence of John Calvin's theology.
Another definition available to the sixteenth century was what Thomas Playfere
, an Elizabethan preacher, called in 1595 "the intermingling of extremities.